FILE Picture: American Airlines passenger planes group a runway wherever they are parked because of to flight reductions manufactured to sluggish the unfold of coronavirus ailment (COVID-19), at Tulsa Worldwide Airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. March 23, 2020. REUTERS/Nick Oxford

(Reuters) – United Airlines UAL.O and American Airlines AAL.O explained on Thursday they will scrap modify expenses for extended-haul worldwide flights, mirroring their shift on domestic flights in a bid to revive bookings and air journey demand strike by the pandemic.

The COVID-19 crisis has weakened a single of the main aspects of the airline playbook: value quite a few fares attractively very low, then cost for ticket improvements. American Airways AAL.O mentioned it will reduce adjust costs for very first course, small business class, premium economy and major cabin tickets for all lengthy-haul international flying, if the travel originates in North or South The united states.

United said it will announce an extension of its improve payment waiver for primary financial state and worldwide tickets afterwards this calendar year “to keep on to provide much more versatility to all customers who vacation with us.”

Chicago-primarily based United is between the key U.S. airlines that started employing momentary waivers of transform service fees this year, presented the uncertainty encompassing the coronavirus crisis. Earlier, each airways stated they experienced noticed an uptick in minimize in bookings thanks to a modern spike in COVID-19 cases in the United States.

Reporting by Mrinalika Roy in Bengaluru, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips