The coronavirus epidemic has hurt international travel. Nowhere is this clearer than in American Airlines’ response to this on-going crisis. The airline has suspended 75% of its long-haul flights across the world. These suspensions will take place in a phased manner. It will start from March 16, 2020, and will be in effect all the way through to May 6, 2020.
International Travel to Asia, Australia & New Zealand
In Asia, they will still conduct one flight, three times a week, from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to Tokyo (NRT). This suspension will be effective from March 16, 2020, right at the start of the proposed window.
They were originally going to suspend flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Auckland (AKL) in Australia from March 28, 2020. However, they have now decided to prepone it to March 16, 2020, as well. American Airlines will also not conduct any flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Sydney (SYD) from March 16, 2020, either.
International travel to Europe will see a phased suspension. They will still operate one flight per day from Dallas Fort-Worth (DFW) to London (LHR). One flight will also fly to London (LHR) from Miami (MIA).
Flights from New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD) and Los Angeles (LAX) to London (LHR) will wind down gradually over the course of seven days. This is to ensure that certain passengers and crew members aren’t completely inconvenienced due to these travel restrictions.
American Airlines will also conduct one final round of flights from Charlotte (CLT), Philadelphia (PHL) and Phoenix (PHX) to London (LHR), Dublin (DUB) and Manchester (MAN) before suspending them as well. The final flights headed to the UK will depart on March 15, 2020. The flights returning to the USA on the following day, March 16, 2020.
Finally, all flights that were originally going to South America will be suspended. This means all flights taking off from New York (JFK) and Miami to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) in Brazil and Georgetown (GEO), Guyana are also suspended. Furthermore, those who had Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), New York (JFK) and Miami (MIA) who had Sao Paolo (GRU) in their international travel plans are also out of luck.
Numerous South American flights from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Miami (MIA) are also going to be grounded. This means no American Airlines flights from there to Santiago (SCL) in Chile, Bogota (BOG) in Colombia, Guayaquil (GYE) and Quito (UIO) in Ecuador, as well as Lima (LIM) in Peru.
Miami (MIA) alone will see numerous suspensions on its own. No flight will go from there to Brasilia (BSB) and Manaus (MAO) in Brazil. These suspensions will especially affect Colombian air traffic, too. Barranquilla (BAQ), Cartagena (CTG), Cali (CLO), Medellin (MDE) and Pereira (PEI) in Colombia will have no flights to it.
Anyone who had booked tickets to American Airlines to go to Europe, including the UK and Ireland, before March 15, do have some relief. They may change their date of travel without any extra charges.