American Airlines plans October restart for Sydney, Auckland

Are we starting to see a return to normality, or at least the new normal of the post-coronavirus travel world?

By David Flynn, April 3 2020
American Airlines plans October restart for Sydney, Auckland

American Airlines is aiming to restart its daily flights between Los Angeles and Sydney on October 23, 2020, as the Qantas partner and Oneworld member plots a gradual return to the skies.

The seasonal service between LAX and Auckland is also slated for October 23, although the launch of new NZ routes between Dallas/Forth Worth and Auckland, and Los Angeles to Christchurch, has been postponed to October 2021.

American cancelled its Sydney-Los Angeles service from March 18 as part of a worldwide contraction fuelled by reduced demand and ever-tightening coronavirus travel restrictions which have seen Australia and New Zealand close their borders to foreigners.

International capacity was slashed 75% through to May 6, including fewer flights to key European destinations such as London, while other cities – among them Amsterdam, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Madrid, Munich, Paris and Zurich – were scrubbed from the schedule.

Many of those destinations now show a return across a range of dates from July to October.

As of today, the only carrier flying between Australia and the USA is United Airlines, with that being restricted to a sole daily Sydney-San Francisco service.

Qantas, Virgin Australia, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines all suspended trans-Pacific flights by the end of March, while Qantas scrapped plans for the April 15 launch of non-stop flights between Brisbane to Chicago – the first direct link between Australia and the Windy City.

Executive Traveller looks forward to reporting the restart of each of those flights as global travel slowly but surely takes wing again.


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

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