With the deadline for reduced visas looming, the head of American Airlines says the airline isn’t “spooked” and plans to fly to all 50 countries.
President and CEO Doug Parker made the comments on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Thursday morning.
American launched in 1946 and is the largest U.S. airline by domestic passengers.
Parker said the airline hasn’t set aside a particular number of seats to accommodate travelers with non-immigrant visas, but said, “We have done an awful lot over the years of sourcing our customers,” and that the airline is ready. He did not give a specific number of seats the airline may add to its schedule.
Citing problems with the U.S. Embassy in Manila, the head of an influential U.S. business group said Thursday that he expects to see a significant number of Americans cancel their summer travel plans.
Hospitality consultants says some firms have withdrawn staff or planes from the Philippines, which had a difficult currency run last year.
Chevron Corp. is also bracing for an impact. A spokeswoman said, “While we don’t typically comment on individual requests by governments or specific government decisions, we understand that the Philippine government is limiting the number of visas for U.S. citizens.”