American Airlines to Suspend Most Long-Haul Flights Amidst New Travel Restrictions

By Anna Breuer on 15 March 2020
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An American Airlines 777-300ER in Dallas

American Airlines said Saturday it will begin to phase in a suspension of almost all of its long-haul international flights starting on March 16, 2020.

The world’s largest airline cited a reduction in demand and new travel restrictions resultant from the novel coronavirus.

The U.S. government put additional travel restrictions into place Saturday morning, with the addition of Ireland and the United Kingdom to the list of countries whose citizens are temporarily barred from entering the United States.

In the period March 16 through May 6, the airline will reduce international capacity by 75% year-over-year, it said.  The changes will cause the airline to park almost its entire wide-body fleet, which includes Boeing 777 and 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

The airline also said it planes to reduce domestic capacity by 20% in April and by 30% in May.

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