Faced with the pandemic, American Airlines will cut its transatlantic capacities by half in April, while Delta Air Lines today suspends its European lines from six secondary cities in the USA.
French or European companies are not the only ones impacted by the surprise decision of President Donald Trump to block from March 13, 2020, at midnight and for 30 days the entry of non-American travelers « having visited the countries from the Schengen area during the 14 days preceding the scheduled date of their arrival ”(entry restrictions do not apply to people with a permanent residence permit in the United States or parents of American citizens). American Airlines, citing declining demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic, announced on Thursday « additional adjustments » to its flight schedule. Transatlantic capacity will be reduced by 50% next month, but over the entire summer season, it targets a 34% drop in overall international capacity.
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However, it will continue to operate flights to Europe « for up to seven days » to « ensure that customers and employees can return home ». The lines between Dallas-Fort Worth, New York-JFK and Miami to Barcelona, Madrid and Paris-CDG airports will be affected, which will be suspended until early May. American Airlines will also suspend flights from Charlotte or Philadelphia to Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Madrid, Munich and Zurich this Friday, the two American airports not being « government-approved gateways ». Its connection between Raleigh-Durham and London-Heathrow is also suspended, the British capital also undergoing frequency reductions from JFK, Dallas, and Chicago. Some seasonal routes scheduled for early May « will be delayed ».
In South America, the Oneworld alliance company will suspend flights to Buenos Aires from Miami, New York, Dallas, and Los Angeles, and terminate its route between Miami and Cordoba in Argentina. Two lines to Sao Paulo are also suspended (from Dallas and Los Angeles), as well as the one connecting Dallas to Santiago de Chile.