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US cuts on flights to London in December on account of weak demand

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American Airlines plans to cut much of its flight from major US airports to London next month as demand is weak after the pandemic, the airline said on Sunday.

The move comes as coronavirus cases have spiked in both countries and officials put new restrictions in place to curb the spread of the virus and reduce demand on one of the most profitable and popular international routes before the pandemic.

The airline will stop operating from Charlotte, New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Chicago O & # 39; Hare to London Heathrow next month, with a total of 16 weekly flights to London. Alternatively, customers in Chicago and New York can book with British Airways, American's transatlantic partner. American Airlines will continue to operate cargo-only flights from Chicago, New York and London "until daily passenger service resumes in January," a spokeswoman said in a statement. No other American Airlines December Europe flight was suspended over the weekend.

"We are constantly evaluating our network in order to adjust supply and demand, and have been making regular schedule adjustments since March," said the spokeswoman. "In order to meet the low demand for coronavirus (COVID-19), we are continuing to work with a reduced schedule."

United will suspend flights from San Francisco and Newark to Munich and flights from Chicago to Amsterdam next month but have no plans to adjust the London Heathrow service, a spokesman said. The airline is also increasing the Newark to Brussels flight from three weekly round-trip flights to five times a week, and the year-over-year decline in transatlantic service in December would be roughly the same as this month.

"We will remain flexible and flexible in our schedules and will continue to monitor and review customer demand and make any necessary adjustments to our schedules in response," he said.

Delta did not immediately comment on his plans.

Airlines, including American and British Airways, have urged officials on both sides of the Atlantic to replace travel restrictions, such as those that prevent most Europeans from entering the US and quarantine requirements for Americans entering the UK, with Covid-19 -Testing.

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