Wayfarer TV: American ramps-up global flights, re-opens lounges, flags October return to Sydney

by James Wilkinson

American Airlines has announced a major ramping-up of its global network, the re-opening of Admirals Club lounges and when it will return to many key routes, including Sydney.

In response to improving demand for air travel, American says it is planning to fly 55% of its domestic schedule and nearly 20% of its international schedule in July 2020 compared to the same period last year.

According to American, the airline’s July systemwide capacity amounts to approximately 40% of July 2019 flying in what is a massive increase on just a month prior.

American says it saw an increase in demand in May and by the last week of the month, the airline carried a daily average of about 110,000 customers per day — an increase over the approximately 32,000 average daily customers the airline served in April.

While international demand continued to be diminished, the airline said, last Thursday (June 4) marked the return of service to eight international destinations. These include flights from Dallas-Fort Worth to Amsterdam, Paris and Frankfurt; Miami to Antigua, Guayaquil and Quito; and to London from Chicago and New York.

While many international borders remain closed, including Australia, the airline has flagged a return to key destinations later in 2020, including Sydney from October 23.

To find out more about the Sydney flights and new cargo-only operations from Los Angeles to Australia, Wayfarer Host and Editor-In-Chief, James Wilkinson, did a guest report on the 7 Network Australia (the nation’s largest-reaching TV network) in prime-time that featured exclusive interviews with American Airlines’ Senior Fleet Captain, Wayne Snyder, and General Manager of Australia and New Zealand, Sam Martin.

To view the video, click on the YouTube image below.

The airline will also begin reopening 23 Admirals Club lounges across the United States in phases, beginning June 22, after making improvements to adapt the clubs and product offerings to reinforce the well-being of customers and everyone who works in the clubs.

“We’re seeing a slow but steady rise in domestic demand. After a careful review of data, we’ve built a July schedule to match,” said American’s Senior Vice President of Network Strategy, Vasu Raja. “Our July schedule includes the smallest year-over-year capacity reduction since March.

“We’ll continue to look for prudent opportunities to restore service so our customers can travel whenever and wherever they are ready.”

In a further boost to travel, American Airlines is also offering double AAdvantage miles for flights booked in June, expanding flexible policies and continuing its robust health, well-being and cleaning procedures.