US cuts on flights to London in December on account of weak demand
An American Airlines Boeing 777-200 aircraft
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American Airlines plans to cut much of its flight from major US airports to London next month as demand is weak after the pandemic, the airline said on Sunday.
The move comes as coronavirus cases have spiked in both countries and officials put new restrictions in place to curb the spread of the virus and reduce demand on one of the most profitable and popular international routes before the pandemic.
The airline will stop operating flights from Charlotte, New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Chicago O’Hare to London Heathrow next month. Alternatively, customers in Chicago and New York can book with British Airways, American’s transatlantic partner. American Airlines will continue to operate cargo-only flights from Chicago, New York and London “until daily passenger service resumes in January,” a spokeswoman said in a statement.
“We are constantly evaluating our network in order to adjust supply and demand, and have been making regular schedule adjustments since March,” said the spokeswoman. “In order to meet the low demand for coronavirus (COVID-19), we are continuing to work with a reduced schedule.”
Delta and United did not immediately respond to a request for comment on their plans.
Airlines, including American and British Airways, have urged officials on both sides of the Atlantic to replace travel restrictions, such as those that prevent most Europeans from entering the US and quarantine requirements for Americans entering the UK, with Covid-19 -Testing.