U.S. Airlines Cut More Flights

The "big three" U.S. airlines -- United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta -- have all made additional capacity cuts due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting travel restrictions.

United Airlines

United Airlines says it is cutting its schedule by 60 percent for the month of April, including a 42 percent reduction across the United States and Canada and an 85 percent decrease in international flights. 

Across the Atlantic, Pacific and Latin America, United will operate approximately 45 daily flights in April:

New York - Newark Brussels Daily
Frankfurt Daily
London - Heathrow Daily
Mumbai Daily
New Delhi Daily
Tel Aviv Daily
Washington - Dulles London - Heathrow Daily
New York - Newark Tokyo - Narita 4x weekly
San Francisco Melbourne 3x weekly
Osaka 5x weekly
Singapore Daily
Sydney Daily
Tokyo Haneda Daily
Tokyo Narita Daily
Latin America
Houston Cancun Daily
Guadalajara Daily
Leon Daily
Los Cabos Daily
Mazatlan Saturdays
Mexico City Daily
Monterrey Daily
Puerto Vallarta Daily
Los Angeles Los Cabos Daily
San Francisco Los Cabos Daily
Puerto Vallarta Daily
Cancun Daily
Chicago Cancun Daily
New York - Newark Cancun Daily
New York - Newark Antigua Saturdays
Nassau Daily
Providenciales Daily
Punta Cana Daily
Santo Domingo Daily
San Juan Daily
St. Lucia Saturdays
St. Thomas Daily
Central and South America
Houston Belize City Daily
Sao Paulo Daily

In terms of domestic travel, United says it does not plan to suspend service to any single U.S. city now, with the exception of Mammoth Lakes, CA. This could change, however, based on state and local curfews and government restrictions, so the airline will adjust its schedule accordingly throughout the month. 

American Airlines

American Airlines is implementing a phased suspension of international flights that is scheduled to last through May 6. The move will reduce its international capacity by 75 percent. The changes are as follows:

  • American will suspend all remaining flights to Asia, except for three flights per week from Dallas - Fort Worth to Tokyo Narita. 
  • Suspending service from Los Angeles to Sydney.
  • American will continue to operate one flight daily from Dallas - Fort Worth to London Heathrow and Miami to London Heathrow
  • Suspending flights from New York - JFK, Boston, Chicago O'Hare and Los Angeles to London Heathrow gradually to reaccommodate passengers and crew
  • London Heathrow, Dublin and Manchester flights from Charlotte, Philadelphia and Phoenix were suspended faster, as these airports are not approved gateways by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Final eastbound flights from Charlotte, Philadelphia and Phoenix were on March 15; final westbound flights returning from London Heathrow, Dublin and Manchester departed March 16
  • Continued suspensions in other parts of Europe, as previously announced, including the delayed start of some seasonal routes as well as flights to and from Amsterdam, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Madrid and Munich, Paris and Zurich through early May, or later, based on guidance from the U.S. government and customer demand.
  • Suspending service from JFK and Miami to Rio de Janeiro and Georgetown, Guyana
  • Suspending service from Dallas - Fort Worth, JFK, Los Angeles and Miami to São Paulo
  • Suspending service from Dallas - Fort Worth and Miami to:
    • Chile: Santiago
    • Colombia: Bogota
    • Ecuador: Guayaquil and Quito
    • Peru: Lima
  • Suspending service from Miami to:
    • Brazil: Brasilia and Manaus
    • Colombia: Barranquilla, Cartagena, Cali, Medellin and Pereira


In Latin America, Delta is suspending and adjusting service to the following countries:

  • Suspension of service between Atlanta and Buenos Aires starting March 17 through May 1.
  • Suspension of service between Boston and Minneapolis/St. Paul to Aruba starting March 22 until winter 2020. Last flights will operate March 21. 
  • Suspension of service between Atlanta and New York-JFK to Aruba starting March 26. Last flights will operate March 25. 
  • Suspension of service between Atlanta and Bogota starting March 26. Last flight to Atlanta will depart March 25.
  • Suspension of service between Atlanta and Cartagena starting March 24. Last flights will operate March 23.
  • Suspension of service between New York-JFK and Bogota starting March 19. Last flight to JFK departs March 18.
  • Suspension of service between Atlanta and Quito starting March 17 through April 19. Last flight departed March 16.
El Salvador
  • Reducing daily service between Atlanta and San Salvador to twice a week starting March 19 through April 1.
  • Suspension of service between Atlanta and Guatemala City starting March 17 through April 19.
  • Suspension of service between Los Angeles and Guatemala City starting March 16 through April 19.
  • Service to Honduras will be suspended for seven days starting March 16.
  • Service from Atlanta to Tegucigalpa/San Pedro Sula planned to resume on March 23
  • Saturday-only service from Atlanta to Roatan planned to resume on March 28.
  • Suspension of service from Atlanta to Panama City starting March 22 through March 31. Last flights will operate March 21.
  • Suspension of service from Atlanta to Lima starting March 17 through March 31. Last flights operated March 16. 
Saint Maarten
  • Suspension of service between Atlanta and Saint Maarten starting March 19. Last flights will operate March 18.
  • Suspension of service between New York-JFK and Saint Maarten starting March 18. Last flights will operate March 17.

Delta will support partner Aeromexico by flying one daily roundtrip between New York-JFK and Mexico City, and two daily roundtrips between Los Angeles and Mexico City between May 2 and August 16.

Delta is also significantly reducing its U.S. flying to Europe, the UK and Ireland. The airline's revised transatlantic schedule is as follows:

  • Atlanta to Paris-Charles De Gaulle once daily
  • New York-JFK to Accra (as regularly scheduled)
  • Atlanta to Amsterdam once daily
  • Detroit to Amsterdam once daily
  • Atlanta to Lagos (as regularly scheduled)
  • New York-JFK to Lagos (as regularly scheduled)
  • New York-JFK to Dakar (as regularly scheduled)
South Africa
  • Atlanta to Johannesburg (as regularly scheduled)
United Kingdom
  • Atlanta to London-Heathrow once daily
  • New York-JFK to London-Heathrow once daily

Delta's transpacific schedule is as follows:

  • Suspension of service from Los Angeles to Sydney starting March 18 through April 11.
  • Previously announced suspension of all U.S. to China flying extended through May 31.
  • Suspension of seasonal summer service between Seattle and Osaka.
  • Early termination of service between Narita and Manila on March 19. Service was scheduled to end March 28.

Through May 31:

  • Suspension of service between Portland and Tokyo.
  • Suspension of service between Detroit and Nagoya.
  • Daily service between Detroit and Tokyo reduced to six times weekly.
  • Daily service between Honolulu and Tokyo reduced to six times weekly.
  • Five times weekly service between Minneapolis and Tokyo reduced to three times weekly.
  • Extension of reduced five times weekly between Atlanta and Tokyo.
  • Extension of reduced three times weekly between Honolulu and Osaka and Nagoya.
South Korea

Through May 31:

  • Suspension of service between Atlanta and Incheon.
  • Previously announced suspension of service between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Incheon, along with Incheon and Manila extended through May 31.
  • Extension of reduced five times weekly between Detroit and Incheon, along with Seattle and Incheon.

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