American Airlines Cancels Hundreds of Flights Due In Part to Labor Shortages
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American Airlines (AAL) is cancelling hundreds of flights through at least mid-July. According to a spokesperson from the airline, the company is trying to stay afloat amid massive travel demands following the receding of the pandemic.
On June 19 alone, AAL had 120 cancellations. Shannon Gibson, a spokesperson for the company, told CNN they are estimating 50 to 80 cancellations per day going forward.
Among the labor shortages and increased demand for travel, there are other reasons for AAL flight cancellations. These include unprecedented bad weather and vendors’challenges trying to return to full employment.
“Over the past month, [AAL] has ramped up quickly to meet the surge in demand for air travel this summer. Compounding this, we’ve seen unprecedented weather at our major hubs already this summer. As a result, we’re building in additional resilience and certainty to our operation by adjusting some of our scheduled flying through mid-July,” Derek Wells, Corporate Communications for AAL, told Scriberr News.
“We made these changes with the goal of impacting the fewest number of customers by adjusting flights in markets where we have multiple options to rebook on other flights.”
Additionally, Gibson noted that cancellations will be distributed throughout the system as a way of minimizing the impact in a single area. However, there will be a bigger effect in Dallas Fort-Worth, a hub for AAL.
Wells stated that the company has “proactively canceled two flights from LAX out of a total schedule of 145 departures [on July 21]. Looking forward, the [systemwide] adjustments…account for about 1% of our daily operation between July 2-14 – so roughly 72 of our 5,674 average daily departures.”
Customers who have been booked through July 15 will be notified in advance to make the necessary changes and adjustments to their travels.