American Airlines Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) said Friday it will suspend 60% of its flight schedule in April and likely reduce capacity by 80% in May because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The move follows domestic-network cutbacks this week by United Airlines Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: UAL) and Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK) as carriers rapidly shrink services to save cash in the midst of a dramatic travel downturn. The moves are only slightly less draconian than the capacity cuts airlines have made in their international operations. American, for example, has slashed about 90% of its overseas flights.
American said its decision to reduce domestic capacity was made easier by the Federal Aviation Administration's recent decision to grant additional flexibility in slot-use policies at U.S. airports during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These waivers will allow the airline to better align capacity with demand in light of adjustments to the flight schedule,” American said on Friday.
Like other U.S. airlines, American continues to maintain most routes despite the reduced service. However, American said it will suspend certain flights to Hawaii, including the Kona, Lihue and Maui airports, while continuing one daily flight between Los Angeles and Honolulu.
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