American Airlines has announced significant reductions to its transatlantic flight schedule from the UK & Ireland.
This follows the decision by the Trump Administration to ban foreign nationals from entering the US if they have been in the UK & Ireland in the past 14 days.
US citizens and lawful US permanent residents may still travel from the UK to the US. However, they must do so through a designated airport. At the time of publication, these are:
- Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta (ATL)
- Boston Logan (BOS)
- Chicago O’Hare (ORD)
- Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)
- Detroit Metropolitan (DTW)
- Daniel K Inouye International Airport, Honolulu (HNL)
- Los Angeles (LAX)
- Miami (MIA)
- New York John F Kennedy (JFK)
- Newark Liberty (EWR)
- San Francisco International (SFO)
- Seattle Tacoma (SEA)
- Washington Dulles (IAD)
The ban takes effect in respect of flights departing for the US from 00:00 ET / 04:00 GMT Tuesday 17 March 2020.
As a consequence of this, American Airlines will operate an extremely limited service with one flight a day from London Heathrow to Dallas Fort / Worth and Miami.
American Airlines will also progressively wind-down its own operated services from London Heathrow to Chicago O’Hare, Los Angeles and New York JFK by 23 March bring passengers back home. Services are currently planned to resume from 6 May 2020. The launch of Heathrow – Boston is postponed until early May.
American Airlines will also suspend flights from London Heathrow to Charlotte, Philadelphia and Phoenix as these are not approved airports for eligible travellers to travel to.
The last inbound flights to London Heathrow will operate on Sunday 15 March. The last outbound flights from London Heathrow will operate on Monday 16 March.
American has also previously announced the temporary suspension of London Heathrow – Raleigh / Durham.
Passengers who have booked with American Airlines can check the status of their booking at aa.com
Given the exceptionally high volume of calls all airlines are receiving, it is advised not to contact any airline unless you need to travel within the next 72 hours.
At the time of publication, American’s transatlantic joint-business partner British Airways has not confirmed its transatlantic schedules. However, a similar approach with a skeleton service to eligible US airports is to be expected.