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American Airlines postpones international flights into summer and fall due to COVID-19 concerns

American Airlines postpones international flights into summer and fall

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This plane is definitely not headed for Auckland, New Zealand. Photo courtesy of Barber Shop Marketing

Fort Worth-based American Airlines is re-adjusting its schedule for the summer and winter to address what a release describes as record low customer demand due to the novel coronavirus.

The airline will make a series of capacity cuts that include:

  • Suspend more than 60 percent of international capacity for the peak summer travel season.
  • Delay the launch of new winter seasonal service to New Zealand from both Los Angeles and Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to Auckland (AKL) until winter 2021.
  • Suspend 25 total summer seasonal flights until summer 2021.

Summer and winter capacity will be also reduced.

The release says that the changes are due to decreased customer demand as well as government travel restrictions. The schedule changes will be reflected on aa.com starting April 5.

Service from DFW to Auckland, New Zealand, was originally supposed to start in October 2020; it'll now launch in winter 2021, instead.

Service from DFW to Tel Aviv (TLV) will begin in September 2021. DFW summer service to Rome and Munich have been canceled entirely.