American to Slash International Flights This Summer
By Harvey Chipkin
American Airlines plans to cut its international summer flights by 60% due to coronavirus and government travel restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of the disease. Transpacific flights will be the most impacted, with an 80% decline compared with summer 2019, while transatlantic flights will be down 65% and Latin America service 48%. The carrier will postpone new routes it planned for this year until early 2021, including the first-ever scheduled service from Seattle to Bangalore, India; and between Los Angeles and Christchurch, New Zealand. Summer service will focus on flights into London’s Heathrow and Madrid, where passengers can connect to flights on American’s partners British Airways and Iberia, respectively.