A second lockdown in England that includes a ban on overseas travel has severely reduced airline demand. American Airlines will respond by making dramatic cuts to its December flight schedule to London Heathrow.
American Airlines Cuts London Flights In December
England has instituted a second lockdown this month in order to slow the spread of the pandemic. Consequently, bars, restaurants, and so-called “non-essential” businesses have been shutdown. Furthermore, overseas travel has been banned, though exceptions do exist.
American-operated London flights to Charlotte, Chicago, and New York JFK will not operate as planned next month. AA has already suspended London flights from Philadelphia.
December will begin with AA-operated flights to London from both Miami and Dallas, but that Miami – London flight appears only in the schedule on 01 December. From 02 December through the end of the month, only AA50/51 between Dallas-Fort Worth and London will operate.
A spokesperson for American Airlines noted:
“We’re constantly evaluating our network to match supply and demand and have been making regular schedule adjustments since March. In an effort to match low demand resulting from coronavirus (COVID-19), we continue to operate a reduced schedule.”
That’s nice boilerplate language, but it disguises what a metamorphosis London Heathrow has undergone during the pandemic. One of the busiest and most profitable routes in the world has been reduced to a skeleton of flights.
AA also notes that its British Airways oneworld and joint venture partner will still offer nonstop codeshare service on these routes.
I expect similar reductions are coming for other carriers as well. It’s one thing to restrict visitors. It’s quite another to restrict citizens from traveling as well. Cargo flights will continue to operate. But even with connecting travel, it’s going to be a bleak month for intercontinental passenger travel to London and beyond.
Were you planning on London travel on American Airlines in December? Will you route through Dallas or fly British Airways instead?