Facebook Twitter

American Airlines begins cutting routes for 2021. Here’s what they are

Planning summer travel for next year? Well, it might change

SHARE American Airlines begins cutting routes for 2021. Here’s what they are
American Airlines airplanes are parked at their gates at JFK International Airport in New York.

American Airlines airplanes are parked at their gates at JFK International Airport in New York.

Mary Altaffer, Associated Press

American Airlines has started cutting routes for 2021, which might delay your summer vacation plans for next year, too.

What’s happening:

  • American Airlinesannounced that it will cut 25% of its long-haul flight seats for summer 2021 to international destinations. The 25% drop is compared to a normal year, like summer 2019, according to USA Today.
  • Total seat numbers may climb next summer compared to this summer — the company is experiencing a 60% drop this summer.
  •  Vasu Raja, American Airlines’ chief revenue officer, told USA Today: “COVID-19 has forced us to reevaluate our network. American will have a significantly smaller international network in the year ahead, but we are using this opportunity to hit reset and create a network using the strength of our strategic hubs.” 
  • Cut routes include Los Angeles to Asia and South America routes, as well as journeys from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Barcelona, Spain; or Philadelphia to Casablanca, Morocco, according to USA Today.
  • American will cut 19 total flights, including five from LAX and four from Philadelphia.

Why this matters:

  • Brian Znotins, the vice president of network planning for American Airlines, told The Points Guy that the decision is a sign of the times.
  • “When the overall tide goes down, those make the least sense because they can still be offered with connections in our partner hubs. We can maintain service to Madrid or to London and still have plenty of connections to these smaller points.”
  • “Obviously we’d love to be serving them nonstop, but that’s not where the demand is right now.”