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These are the only long-haul routes American, Delta, Hawaiian and United plan to fly in April

April 03, 2020
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These are the only long-haul routes American, Delta, Hawaiian and United plan to fly in April
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Editor’s note: The routes listed below are based on schedules as of 4 p.m. ET on April 3, 2020.

U.S. carriers have dramatically pared their schedules amid the rapidly expanding novel coronavirus pandemic that threatens to halt much of the global airline industry.

With most cuts either already in place, the global reach of U.S. airlines will be smaller in April than in any time in recent history. American Airlines will fly just three long-haul routes in April. Delta Air Lines will ground more than two-thirds of the carrier for several months, and United Airlines has lopped off 90% of international capacity.

U.S. airlines have kept some international flights on their schedules to Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and northern South America. But their schedule of true long-haul flights on wide-body jets has been slashed, and many of those aircraft being sent to storage or repurposed as freighters.

These are the remaining long-haul routes to Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and far South America that U.S. carriers were scheduled to fly in April as of 4 p.m. ET Friday, April 3.

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American

  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) - London Heathrow (LHR) and Tokyo Narita (NRT)
  • Miami (MIA) - London Heathrow

Related: American Airlines will suspend all but 3 long-haul routes, park most wide-body jets

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

Delta

  • Atlanta (ATL) - Amsterdam (AMS) and London Heathrow
  • Detroit (DTW) - Amsterdam and Seoul Incheon (ICN)
  • Seattle Tacoma (SEA) - Seoul Incheon and Tokyo Haneda (HND)

Related: Delta to ground half its fleet as it winds down majority of its operation

Delta's international long-haul routes in April, as of April 3, 2020. (Image by Cirium)

Hawaiian

Hawaiian has suspended all long-haul international flying.

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Related: Hawaii institutes mandatory two-week quarantine on arrival to the state

United

  • Houston – São Paulo Guarulhos (GRU)
  • Newark – Frankfurt (FRA), London Heathrow and Tel Aviv (TLV)
  • San Francisco – Sydney and Tokyo Narita

Related: United Airlines reinstates 6 long-haul routes to latest coronavirus cuts

United Airlines international long-haul routes in April, as of March 23. (Image by Cirium)
United Airlines international long-haul routes in April, as of March 23. (Image by Cirium)

The above routes may change again as demand for air travel remains dynamic and countries implement additional border controls.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) director general Alexandre de Juniac said March 17 that airlines around the world will need more than $200 billion in aid to weather the cash crunch from the crisis. Even with this support, the industry will likely see consolidation and bankruptcies.

Related: Airlines face ‘critical’ threat from coronavirus-related cash crunch

Featured image by AFP via Getty Images

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