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American Airlines plans to chop a lot of its service to London subsequent month from main U.S. airports as a consequence of weak demand within the pandemic, the service mentioned Sunday.
The transfer comes as coronavirus instances have climbed in each nations and officers instated new restrictions in response to assist curb the unfold of the virus, driving down demand on what was one of the worthwhile and in style worldwide routes pre-pandemic.
The service will not function flights from Charlotte, New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Chicago O’Hare to London Heathrow subsequent month, a complete of 16 weekly flights to London. Customers in Chicago and New York can alternatively e-book on British Airways, American’s trans-Atlantic companion. American will proceed to function cargo-only flights from Chicago and New York and London, “until daily passenger service resumes in January,” a spokeswoman mentioned in assertion. No different American Airlines December Europe service was cancelled over the weekend.
“We’re constantly evaluating our network to match supply and demand and have been making regular schedule adjustments since March,” the spokeswoman mentioned. “In an effort to match low demand resulting from coronavirus (COVID-19), we continue to operate a reduced schedule.”
United subsequent month will droop flights to Munich from San Francisco and Newark in addition to Chicago-Amsterdam flights, however is not planning to regulate its London Heathrow service, a spokesman mentioned. The service can also be rising Newark-to-Brussels service to 5 instances per week, up from three weekly roundtrips, and its trans-Atlantic service declines in contrast with final 12 months can be roughly the identical in December as this month.
“We continue to remain flexible and nimble with our schedules and will keep monitoring and reviewing customer demand and making necessary adjustments to our schedules in response,” he mentioned.
Delta did not instantly touch upon its plans.
Airlines, together with American and British Airways, have been urging officers on each side of the Atlantic to interchange journey restrictions, corresponding to people who bar most Europeans from coming into the U.S. and quarantine necessities for Americans coming into the U.Ok., with Covid-19 testing.