Its seems the American Airlines international network continues to suffer, with the airline delaying re-introduction of services, or outright cancelling them.
International demand remains low and as such, the airline is modifying its network to improve long-term profitability.
It expects Summer 2021 long-haul international capacity to be down 25% compared to 2019.
There are major chops and changes, with three transatlantic routes from both Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport. Five under-performing routes from Los Angeles International Airport to destinations in Asia and South America will also be cut.
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport will be the airline’s major transpacific hub while Miami International Airport will continue to be the hub for flights to the Caribbean and Latin America.
Once government restrictions on transatlantic flying subside, it is planned that Philadelphia will continue to be American’s primary hub for service to Europe.
Let’s break down the changes.
Services which have had changes applied
These services are planned to operate in the next IATA seasons. No actual commencement date has been set as yet.
Services with resumption dates
- Miami – Sao Paulo Service resumes 6th August 2020
- Miami – Santiago Service resumes 5th August 2020
- Charlotte – London Heathrow
- Charlotte – Munich
- Dallas-Fort Worth – Buenos Aires
- Dallas-Fort Worth – Lima
- Dallas-Fort Worth – Sao Paulo
- Los Angeles – London Heathrow
- New York Paris-CDG
- New York-JFK – Buenos Aires
- New York-JFK – Sao Paulo
- Miami – Rio de Janeiro
- Philadelphia – Amsterdam
- Philadelphia – Dublin
- Philadelphia – London Heathrow
- Philadelphia – Madrid
- Phoenix – London Heathrow
- Charlotte- Frankfurt – Service
- Chicago – Barcelona-El Prat
- Chicago-O’Hare – Dublin
- Chicago-O’Hare – Paris
- Dallas-Fort Worth – Beijing
- Dallas-Fort Worth – Rome
- Dallas-Fort Worth – Santiago
- Los Angeles – Sydney
- New York-JFK – Barcelona-El Prat
- New York-JFK – Madrid
- New York-JFK – Milan
- Miami – Paris-CDG
- Miami – Madrid
- Rayleigh-Durham – London Heathrow
- Seattle – London Heathrow
- Philadelphia – Manchester
- Philadelphia – Paris-CDG
- Philadelphia – Rome
- Philadelphia – Zurich
- Seattle – Bangalore
- Dallas-Fort Worth – Tel Aviv
- Los Angeles – Auckland
- New York-JFK – Rio de Janeiro
Unknown Commencement Date
- Seattle – Shanghai – New service subject to government approval
Routes to be suspended
American will no longer operate the following routes, with these routes suspended:
- Charlotte – Barcelona-El Prat
- Charlotte – Rome
- Charlotte – Paris-CDG
- Dallas-Fort Worth – Munich
- Los Angeles – Hong Kong (HKG)
- Los Angeles – Buenos Aires
- Los Angeles – Sao Paulo
- Los Angeles – Beijing
- Miami – Brasilia
- Miami – Milan
- Chicago-O’Hare – Budapest
- Chicago-O’Hare – Krakow
- Chicago-O’Hare – Prague
- Chicago-O’Hare – Venice
- Philadelphia – Berlin
- Philadelphia – Budapest
- Philadelphia – Casablanca
- Philadelphia – Dubrovnik
All changes will be loaded onto aa.com by Sunday 5th July.
American’s Chief Revenue Officer Vasu Raja said
“COVID-19 has forced us to reevaluate our network,”
“American will have a significantly smaller international network in the year ahead, but we are using this opportunity to hit reset and create a network using the strength of our strategic hubs that we can build and grow upon and be profitable on in this new environment.”
Brian Znotins, American’s Vice President of Network Planning added
“American has spent the past few years right-sizing its international network, discontinuing underperforming routes while adding leisure destinations like Dubrovnik and Prague,”
“Now, as demand has significantly diminished due to COVID-19, we have to be nimble, creating the network that our customers desire.”
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