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American Cancels & Suspends Several Routes, Adds Dallas to Auckland Service

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American Airlines will be adjusting its schedule in the coming days to eliminate several routes from the schedule, including several high-profile flights.

Route Cancellations

When an airline cancels a particular route, that generally means it is gone from the schedule permanently, with no anticipated return to service.

The following 4 services have essentially been canceled due to low demand:

Dallas (DFW) to Tel Aviv (TLV)

This high-profile route was set to launch in 2021 but never took off (literally). American offers service to Tel Aviv from both New York (JFK) and Miami (MIA), but reduced demand forced the Dallas route onto the chopping block.

Dallas (DFW) to Lima (LIM)

American will be cutting service to Lima from Dallas, moving all services over to the Miami hub effective November 3, 2022. This is due to reduced demand.

New York (JFK) to Cali (CLO) and Medellín (MDE) in Colombia

Due to low demand, American won’t operate either of these flights to Colombia from New York, however, they are both still served from Miami.

American Airlines Flagship Business JFK welcome to Terminal 8
American Airlines is cutting several routes from its JFK hub. Image Credit: Daniel Ross

Route Suspensions

When a route is suspended, that generally means the airline has removed it from the schedule for now, with an anticipated return to service sometime in the future, usually about a year away.

Due to reduced demand or transit restrictions, the following 3 routes have been suspended:

Seattle (SEA) to Bengaluru (BLR)

This was an interesting route announcement, mainly tied to the ability of Alaska Airlines customers to fly into Seattle and then onward to India. Due to airspace restrictions related to the conflict in Ukraine, this route has been put on hold until the summer of 2023.

Dallas (DFW) to Beijing (PEK)

Due to COVID-19 restrictions in China and the resulting significantly reduced demand, American is suspending service to Beijing until 2023. American was expected to move its operations from Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) to Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX) in 2021, which never materialized.

American will continue to serve Shanghai (PVG) twice a week via Seoul (ICN).

Seattle (SEA) to Shanghai (PVG)

American announced service to Shanghai to take advantage of the partnership with Alaska Airlines, however, because of the lack of demand for travel to that region, this route is on hold until 2023.

Hot Tip: While American may be reducing service in some international locations, it’s beefing up service in others! Check out our articles on increased service from 4 U.S. cities to Dublin (DUB), Miami (MIA) to Ocho Rios (OCJ), and Philadelphia (PHL) to Lisbon (LIS),

Auckland Service To Relocate

American will be moving its Auckland (AKL) service from Los Angeles (LAX) to its hub in Dallas to take advantage of traffic from both the West and East Coast, something that’s difficult to do from the West Coast where many eastern connections still require a second connection in either Dallas or Charlotte (CLT).

The new flights are now available for booking on the following schedule:

  • Depart Dallas 10:30 p.m. — Arrive Auckland 8:45 a.m. (+2 days)
  • Depart Auckland 1:40 p.m. — Arrive Dallas 8:30 a.m.

Final Thoughts

While it’s disappointing to see several of these flights get cut permanently, some are hoping to return in 2023 when demand picks back up. With the cutting of several routes, it’s anyone’s guess what American will use these aircraft for, though we’ll likely see increased domestic service to busy cities and perhaps a trial to some smaller international cities not yet served by the airline.

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About James Larounis

James (Jamie) started The Forward Cabin blog to educate readers about points, miles, and loyalty programs. He’s spoken at Princeton University and The New York Times Travel Show and has been quoted in dozens of travel publications.


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