Despite the upcoming holiday season, American Airlines cut December flight schedules because of “low demand” during the coronavirus pandemic.
In fact, the airline will have about 50% fewer flights next month than December 2019, American Airlines spokesman Nichelle Tait told Fox News.
“We are constantly evaluating our network to match supply and demand and have been regularly adjusting our schedule since March,” Tait said in an emailed statement to Fox News. “In an effort to meet the low demand caused by coronavirus (COVID-19), we continue to work on a schedule of reduction.”
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However, the airline will slightly increase the number of flights in the last two weeks of December to take advantage of the holiday travel time.
“In December our schedule will be about 50% smaller than the same period last year, except for the last two weeks of the month, which will be about 45% smaller than the same period last year during the holiday. rush, ”said Tait.
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According to The Dallas Morning News, American Airlines will have about 105,619 scheduled flights in December, about 10,000 more than November. Last year, American had more than 200,000 scheduled flights in December.
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The Dallas Morning News reported that American Airlines’ significant schedule cuts were in New York.
American Airlines has reduced flights by 86% at both JFK and LaGuardia, leaving the airline operating only 15 flights per day at JFK and only 22 flights per day at LaGuardia, according to the newspaper.
The airline has also cut back on its schedules in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and O’Hare in Chicago.
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Despite cutting its flight schedule, American Airlines on Monday announced that it would expand its pre-flight testing of the corona virus.
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Starting November 16, the airline will offer visitors to Belize, Grenada, St. Lucia and Hawaii, option to test COVID-19 using the home wellness test.
Previously, the airline only offered tests worth $ 129 to visitors to Jamaica and the Bahamas.
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