American Airlines summer flight schedule is being revised to meet travelers demand. As fewer people are flying, American is reducing summer routes by 60%! This means not only a cancelation of several flights and routes; many other routes will not even be re-started for the 2020 summer season. Other new routes will be delayed to 2021. International summer flying will greatly be reduced from Philadelphia and Charlotte.
American Airlines Delays New Routes
American Airlines has been in growth mode. Over the last year American announced new routes which include growth to Morocco, India, and New Zealand. All new routes which were to begin in the 2020 will be delayed until 2021. These routes were mostly to support new OneWorld and joint venture partners.
First, American will delay the launch of Philadelphia (PHL) to Casablanca (CMN). This route was to begin June 4, 2020. The seasonal route was going to be American Airlines only flight to Africa. Now American Airline flyers will have to wait until 2021 to fly American Airlines metal to the new Oneworld Royal Air Maroc’s partner hub.
Second, seasonal service from Chicago (ORD) to Krakow (KRK) that was to begin May 7, 2020 is now postponed.
Third, Seattle’s first and only flight to India is also on the chopping block. Seattle (SEA) to Bangalore (BLR) which was to begin this fall to support new OneWorld partner Alaska will also be postponed to 2021.
Fourth, new service between Dallas (DFW) and Tel Aviv (TLV) will not launch in October 2020. Currently, American is delaying the launch to September 2021.
Finally, American will not be launching new service to New Zealand in 2020. Instead, American will opt to delay the launch of new winter seasonal service from Los Angeles (LAX) to Christchurch (CHC) and from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to Auckland (AKL) to winter 2021. Service was supposed to begin October 2020.
Summer Schedule Cut By 60%
Comparing 2020 summer schedule to 2019, American Airlines will suspend more than 60% of their total international capacity. This will include an 80% reduction in transpacific service, 65% in transatlantic, and 48% reduction in Latin America!
American Airlines Service to Asia & South Pacific
American Airlines will slowly restart flights to Asia this summer. Many flights to Asia will restart on July 7, 2020. Many flights such as those to mainland China and Australia will not resume until October 2020.
|DFW||Auckland (AKL)||Inaugural flight moves to winter 2021|
|DFW||Hong Kong (HKG)||Service resumes July 7|
|DFW||Tokyo-Haneda (HND)||Inaugural flight moves to July 7|
|DFW||Seoul (ICN)||Service resumes July 7|
|DFW||Beijing (PEK)||Service resumes Oct. 25|
|DFW||Shanghai (PVG)||Service resumes Oct. 25|
|LAX||AKL||Seasonal service resumes Oct. 25|
|LAX||Christchurch (CHC)||Inaugural flight moves to winter 2021|
|LAX||HKG||Service resumes Oct. 25|
|LAX||HND||Service resumes July 7; twice-daily service resumes October 25|
|LAX||PEK||Service resumes Oct. 25|
|LAX||PVG||Service resumes Oct. 25|
|LAX||Sydney (SYD)||Service resumes Oct. 23|
American Service to Europe and Africa
American Airlines 2020 service this summer to Europe will greatly be reduced. Many flights are not scheduled to begin until June or July. Other flights are delayed until October. This will be one of the lightest transatlantic flight schedules American has had in recent history. More important, many destinations will not be served this year at all.
Huge Cuts to Europe
The following American Airlines routes will not operate during the 2020 summer season.
Some Routes Will Still Fly
The following routes will begin operating later this year. Many destinations will not see summer service, but only fall or winter service.
|BOS||London (LHR)||Inaugural flight moves to October 25|
|CLT||LHR||Service resumes July 7; twice-daily service resumes October 2020|
|CLT||Frankfurt (FRA)||Service resumes Oct. 25|
|CLT||Munich (MUC)||Service resumes July 7|
|DFW||Amsterdam (AMS)||Service resumes June 4|
|DFW||Dublin (DUB)||Service resumes July 7|
|DFW||Frankfurt (FRA)||Service resumes June 4|
|JFK||Barcelona (BCN)||Service resumes Oct. 25|
|JFK||Paris (CDG)||Service resumes July 7|
|JFK||LHR||Service resumes June 4|
|JFK||Madrid (MAD)||Service resumes July 7|
|JFK||Milan (MXP)||Service resumes Oct. 25|
|LAX||LHR||Service resumes June 4|
|MIA||BCN||Service resumes Oct. 25|
|MIA||CDG||Service resumes Oct. 25|
|MIA||MAD||Service resumes July 7|
|MIA||Milan (MXP)||Service resumes Oct. 25|
|ORD||Athens (ATH)||Service resumes June 4|
|ORD||BCN||Service resumes July 7|
|ORD||DUB||Service resumes June 4|
|ORD||LHR||Service resumes June 4|
|PHL||AMS||Service resumes Oct. 7|
|PHL||BCN||Service resumes Oct. 25|
|PHL||CDG||Service resumes Oct. 25|
|PHL||DUB||Service resumes Oct. 7|
|PHL||Rome (FCO)||Service resumes Oct. 25|
|PHL||LHR||Service resumes June 4|
|PHL||MAD||Service resumes July 7|
|PHL||Manchester (MAN)||Service resumes Oct. 25|
|PHL||Zurich (ZRH)||Service resumes July 7|
|PHX||LHR||Service resumes Oct. 7|
|RDU||LHR||Service resumes June 4|
American Airlines Service to Latin America
Finally, scheduled service to Latin America is also taking a beating during the 2020 summer and winter schedule. Many flights to Latin America will resume in October, just as things start to heat up south of the equator. In addition, some destinations see service resume as early as May 7. This is earlier than any other route in American Airlines network.
|DFW||Buenos Aires (EZE)||Service resumes Oct. 25|
|DFW||São Paulo (GRU)||Service resumes July 7|
|DFW||Lima (LIM)||Service resumes July 7|
|DFW||Santiago (SCL)||Service resumes Oct. 25|
|JFK||EZE||Service resumes June 4|
|JFK||Rio de Janeiro (GIG)||Service resumes Dec. 17|
|JFK||GRU||Service resumes June 4|
|LAX||EZE||Service resumes Oct. 25|
|LAX||GRU||Service resumes Oct. 25|
|MIA||Brasilia (BSB)||Service resumes Oct. 25|
|MIA||EZE||Service resumes May 7; twice-daily service resumes Oct. 25|
|MIA||GIG||Service resumes June 4|
|MIA||GRU||Service resumes May 7; twice-daily service resumes Oct. 25|
|MIA||SCL||Service resumes May 7|
American Airlines 2020 Schedule.
American Airlines schedule has been greatly reduced for 2020. These schedule changes do not include the near 70% reduction in domestic flying. Overall, over 25 summer seasonal flights will not return this year. We can only hope that 2021 will be more fruitful. With the reduction of flights, it is hard to know if flights will be full as business travel and leisure travel increases once again. Only time will tell. Currently, all we do know is that there will be a huge reduction in route options for the remainder of this year.