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American, Delta and United plan to add 15 long-haul international routes in September

Sept. 02, 2020
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American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines will resume as many as 15 long-haul international routes in September, even as the return of flights during the coronavirus pandemic slows.

If schedules hold, Accra (ACC), Barcelona (BCN), Buenos Aires (EZE), Lagos (LOS), Mumbai (BOM) and Rome (FCO) are all due to see their first U.S. airline-operated flights since the pandemic began. However, as in months past, the plans remain subject to change until flights are actually in the air.

For example, American and United's flights to Hong Kong remain suspended due to local COVD-19 testing concerns. The Star Alliance carrier has postponed plans to add flights between Chicago O'Hare (ORD) and Hong Kong this month after a more than year-long hiatus.

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Hawaiian Airlines' long-haul operation remains grounded until at least the end of September due to its namesake state's mandatory 14-day quarantine for arrivals. The carrier has warned more than 2,000 staff — about a quarter of its workforce — of possible furloughs due to the continued grounding.

International route resumptions are expected to slow as the U.S. moves into winter. The period is traditionally a time of lower travel demand in many long-haul markets, something that will likely be exacerbated by continuing border restrictions in many countries.

Below are the international long-haul routes planned by U.S. airlines for September as of Sept. 1. Bolded routes are due to be added or resumed in September.

Related: American, Delta and United's international long-haul routes in August

American

  • Chicago O’Hare (ORD) – London Heathrow (LHR)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) – Amsterdam (AMS), Dublin (DUB), Frankfurt (FRA), London Heathrow, Madrid (MAD), Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Seoul Incheon (ICN), Tokyo Haneda (HND) and Tokyo Narita (NRT)
  • New York John F. Kennedy (JFK) – London Heathrow
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Tokyo Haneda
  • Miami (MIA) – Buenos Aires, Lima (LIM), London Heathrow, Santiago (SCL), São Paulo Guarulhos (GRU)

Routes confirmed as of Sept. 1.

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Related: American Airlines makes good on threat to ax cities, suspends 15 in ‘first step’

American Airlines long-haul international routes in September 2020. (Image by Cirium)

Delta

  • Atlanta (ATL) – Amsterdam, Dublin, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Munich (MUC), Paris Charles de Gaulle, São Paulo Guarulhos, Seoul Incheon and Tokyo Haneda
  • Boston (BOS) – Amsterdam and London Heathrow
  • Detroit (DTW) – Amsterdam, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Seoul Incheon, Shanghai Pudong (PVG) via Seoul, and Tokyo Haneda
  • New York JFK – Accra, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dakar (DSS), Lagos via Dakar, London Heathrow, Madrid, Milan (MXP), Paris Charles de Gaulle, Rome and Tel Aviv
  • Los Angeles – Sydney (SYD)
  • Seattle (SEA) – Amsterdam, Seoul Incheon, Shanghai Pudong via Seoul, and Tokyo Haneda

Routes confirmed as of Sept. 1.

Related: Delta will block seats into January as it tries to boost traveler confidence

Delta long-haul international routes in September 2020. (Image by Cirium)
Delta long-haul international routes in September 2020. (Image by Cirium)

Hawaiian

Hawaiian plans to resume service to Japan, South Korea and Tahiti on Sept. 30, as of Aug. 19. However, that date is dependent on when Hawaii eases its quarantine rules that currently extend through Oct. 1.

Related: Hawaii pushes back its reopening date to at least Oct. 1

United

  • Chicago O’Hare – Amsterdam, Brussels (BRU), Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo Haneda
  • Houston Intercontinental (IAH) – Amsterdam, Frankfurt and São Paulo Guarulhos
  • Los Angeles -- Sydney
  • Newark (EWR) – Amsterdam, Brussels, Delhi (DEL), Dublin, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Mumbai, Munich, Paris Charles de Gaulle, São Paulo Guarulhos, Tel Aviv and Tokyo Narita
  • San Francisco (SFO) – Delhi, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Munich, Seoul Incheon, Shanghai Pudong via Seoul, Sydney, Tahiti (PPT), Tel Aviv and Tokyo Narita
  • Washington Dulles (IAD) – Brussels, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Munich and Zurich (ZRH)

Related: United Airlines plans 26 more international routes in September

United long-haul international routes in September 2020. (Image by Cirium)
United long-haul international routes in September 2020. (Image by Cirium)
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