American Airlines To Reduce International Capacity By 75%

Coronavirus and travel ban reduce demand for overseas travel.

American Airlines To Reduce International Capacity By 75%
American Airlines

American Airlines says it is cutting the number of international flights because of decreased demand due to the coronavirus pandemic. The company says it will reduce capacity by 75 percent.

The reduction begins this week and will run through May 6. Some destinations will have extremely limited options. Only three flights will be available to Asia per week, flying from Dallas to Tokyo. There will be two daily flights to London — one flying out of Dallas, and the other out of Miami.

American made the announcement Saturday, just hours after the Trump administration said it would expand travel restrictions on European travelers. The bans do not bar flights to and from the U.S. 

Americans and permanent residents can still travel.

The U.S. Travel Association says President Trump's restrictions on flights from Europe will cost billions of dollars. Delta Airlines said it's seen "more cancellations than new bookings over the next month."

Johns Hopkins University reports over 156,000 total confirmed cases of the virus worldwide. Almost 6,000 people have died and nearly 74,000 have recovered.

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