The world’s largest airline is withdrawing all flights to and from Australia, after deciding it was no longer possible given the crippling closures of the country’s borders and a recent reduction in international arrivals.
American Airlines will suspend all passenger and freight services between LA and Sydney – the carrier’s only route Down Under -om September 1.
The move leaves Australia increasingly isolated from the rest of the world and there are now growing concerns that many other airlines are following suit.
Australia’s international borders have been closed since March 2020, with no official opening date, except for vague promises of “mid 2022”.
American Airlines will suspend all passenger and cargo services between LA and Sydney – the carrier’s only route Down Under -om September 1 (pictured, American Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the runway at Sydney Airport in March 2020 when the pandemic has started)
Pictured: An American Airlines flight attendant serves drinks to passengers after leaving Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport – the airline no longer serving Australia
The airline has said it hopes to resume operations by the end of October, but it is very possible that this deadline will be extended.
“Due to ongoing travel restrictions surrounding the coronavirus (Covid-19), American Airlines is suspending customer and cargo flights between Los Angeles and Sydney between September 1 and October 28,” the airline said.
The company apologized to travelers and said it would contact passengers to offer them alternative solutions.
The carrier revealed last week that international caps meant it had to make the 12,000 km trip from LA to Sydney at less than 80% of capacity.
The reduced number of long-haul flights seriously undermined the profitability of the normally lucrative route.
Earlier this month, the National Cabinet announced that from July 14 until at least the end of August, the weekly cap on international arrivals would be cut in half to just 3,035 to ensure that the hotel quarantine is not overloaded with travelers during the new epidemics in Australia.
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The call was made at the behest of state prime ministers to prevent the highly contagious Indian delta strain of Covid, which has decimated Sydney and has spread to several other states.
Annastacia Palaszczuk from Queensland, Daniel Andrews from Victoria and Mark McGowan from Western Australia have pushed for fewer travelers to put pressure on Australia’s quarantine systems.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison agreed despite the reluctance of others such as New South Wales leader Gladys Berejiklian.
Earlier this month, the national cabinet announced that from July 14 until at least the end of August, the weekly cap on international arrivals would be cut in half to just 3,035. Pictured: Passengers carrying face masks arrive at Sydney Airport on July 11, 2021
Pictured: An empty departure area is seen at Sydney Airport on July 11, 2021
“Due to the particular virulence of the Delta strain, it is believed to be a prudent action while we remain in this phase of virus suppression,” Morrison said after the meeting.
But the decisions mean that some 34,000 Australians still stranded abroad may now have a harder time returning home, despite an increase in repatriation flights to the Howard Springs quarantine facility near Darwin.
Expats not only face the cost of the quarantine of $ 3,000 upon arrival, but also the very inflated prices of plane tickets and regular cancellations.