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American Airlines announces to cut 75% of its international flights

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

15th Mar, 2020. 10:33 am
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American Airlines Inc said it plans to cut 75% of its international flights through May 6 and ground nearly all its wide body fleet.

Reuters reported that dramatic announcement came hours after the White House said United States would widen new travel restrictions.

The Trump administration also signaled it wanted Congress to quickly back financial support for troubled U.S. airlines.

American Airlines sweeping cuts include suspending nearly all long-haul international flights to Asia, Australia, Europe, New Zealand and South America.

It will still operate two flights a day to London and just three flights to Asia per week — to Tokyo.

It will continue short-haul international flying.

American confirmed it is parking nearly all widebody aircraft and anticipates its domestic capacity reduced by 20% in April and 30% in May versus the same period in 2019.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said restrictions on the UK and Ireland will begin Monday at midnight,

It will bar most non-U.S. citizens from entering the United States who in those countries within the last 14 days.

They do not bar flights to and from the United States, and Americans and permanent residents can still travel.

Furthermore United said it would suspend flights to London from Houston and Denver starting Monday.

United said it expects to fly three daily flights to London and one daily flight to Dublin through the end of April.

Washington first imposed restrictions on China, the mainland of novel coronavirus

It expanded them this week to continental Europe, prompting U.S. airlines to cut numerous flights and scramble to shore up capital.

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