American Airlines announces summer schedule changes to match reduced customer demand related to COVID-19

American Airlines Group Inc. will make further capacity cuts this summer to address record low customer demand. The airline will:

  • Suspend more than 60% of international capacity for the peak summer travel season versus the same period last year.
  • Delay the launch of new routes, including service from Philadelphia (PHL) to Casablanca (CMN), Chicago (ORD) to Krakow (KRK) and Seattle (SEA) to Bangalore (BLR) to 2021.
  • Delay the launch of new winter seasonal service from Los Angeles (LAX) to Christchurch (CHC) and from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to Auckland (AKL) to winter 2021.
  • Suspend 25 total summer seasonal flights until summer 2021.

Summer and winter capacity will be reduced

American will suspend more than 60% of its total international capacity this summer compared to the same peak period in 2019, which includes an 80% reduction in Pacific capacity, 65% reduction in Atlantic capacity and 48% reduction in Latin America capacity. These changes are due to significantly decreased customer demand as well as government travel restrictions — both related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The reduced summer schedule, as well as the previously announced domestic schedule reductions for May, will be reflected on aa.com starting Sunday, April 5.

The airline previously announced that new service to AKL from DFW, CHC from LAX and BLR from SEA would all begin in October 2020, but American will now begin operating those routes in winter 2021. The resumption of existing service to AKL from LAX — which was originally slated to resume in early October 2020 — will now resume at the end of October 2020.

American will further extend the start date of new routes. Service to London (LHR) from Boston (BOS) will now launch in October 2020 and service to Tel Aviv (TLV) from DFW will begin in September 2021. Service to CMN from PHL and KRK from ORD will not launch this year, as well as 23 existing summer seasonal routes.

A full list of changes to the international summer schedule is below. There are no further changes at this time.

Updated Asia Pacific schedules:

Origin Destination Schedule change
DFW Auckland (AKL) Inaugural flight moves to winter 2021
DFW Hong Kong (HKG) Service resumes July 7
DFW Tokyo-Haneda (HND) Inaugural flight moves to July 7
DFW Seoul (ICN) Service resumes July 7
DFW Beijing (PEK) Service resumes Oct. 25
DFW Shanghai (PVG) Service resumes Oct. 25
LAX AKL Seasonal service resumes Oct. 25
LAX Christchurch (CHC) Inaugural flight moves to winter 2021
LAX HKG Service resumes Oct. 25
LAX HND Service resumes July 7; twice-daily service resumes October 25
LAX PEK Service resumes Oct. 25
LAX PVG Service resumes Oct. 25
LAX Sydney (SYD) Service resumes Oct. 23

Updated Europe and Africa schedules

The following routes will begin operating later this year

Origin Destination Schedule change
BOS London (LHR) Inaugural flight moves to October 25
CLT LHR Service resumes July 7; twice-daily service resumes October 2020
CLT Frankfurt (FRA) Service resumes Oct. 25
CLT Munich (MUC) Service resumes July 7
DFW Amsterdam (AMS) Service resumes June 4
DFW Munich (MUC) Service resumes July 7
DFW Dublin (DUB) Service resumes July 7
DFW Frankfurt (FRA) Service resumes June 4
JFK Barcelona (BCN) Service resumes Oct. 25
JFK Paris (CDG) Service resumes July 7
JFK LHR Service resumes June 4
JFK Madrid (MAD) Service resumes July 7
JFK Milan (MXP) Service resumes Oct. 25
LAX LHR Service resumes June 4
MIA BCN Service resumes Oct. 25
MIA CDG Service resumes Oct. 25
MIA MAD Service resumes July 7
MIA Milan (MXP) Service resumes Oct. 25
ORD Athens (ATH) Service resumes June 4
ORD BCN Service resumes July 7
ORD DUB Service resumes June 4
ORD LHR Service resumes June 4
PHL AMS Service resumes Oct. 7
PHL BCN Service resumes Oct. 25
PHL CDG Service resumes Oct. 25
PHL DUB Service resumes Oct. 7
PHL Rome (FCO) Service resumes Oct. 25
PHL LHR Service resumes June 4
PHL MAD Service resumes July 7
PHL Manchester (MAN) Service resumes Oct. 25
PHL Zurich (ZRH) Service resumes July 7
PHX LHR Service resumes Oct. 7
RDU LHR Service resumes June 4

The following routes will not operate this summer season

Origin Destination
CLT BCN
CLT CDG
CLT DUB
CLT FCO
CLT MAD
DFW FCO
DFW MUC
JFK FCO
ORD Budapest (BUD)
ORD CDG
ORD FCO
ORD Krakow (KRK)
ORD Prague (PRG)
ORD Venice (VCE)
PHL ATH
PHL BUD
PHL Casablanca (CMN)
PHL Dubrovnik (DBV)
PHL Edinburgh (EDI)
PHL Reykjavík (KEF)
PHL Lisbon (LIS)
PHL PRG
PHL Shannon (SNN)
PHL Berlin (TXL)
PHL VCE

Updated Latin America schedules:

Origin Destination Schedule change
DFW Buenos Aires (EZE) Service resumes Oct. 25
DFW São Paulo (GRU) Service resumes July 7
DFW Lima (LIM) Service resumes July 7
DFW Santiago (SCL) Service resumes Oct. 25
JFK EZE Service resumes June 4
JFK Rio de Janeiro (GIG) Service resumes Dec. 17
JFK GRU Service resumes June 4
LAX EZE Service resumes Oct. 25
LAX GRU Service resumes Oct. 25
MIA Brasilia (BSB) Service resumes Oct. 25
MIA EZE Service resumes May 7; twice-daily service resumes Oct. 25
MIA GIG Service resumes June 4
MIA GRU Service resumes May 7; twice-daily service resumes Oct. 25
MIA SCL Service resumes May 7

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