American Airlines canceled 822 flights so far Sunday, which is 30% for the day by the airline, according to data from flight tracking website FlightAware.
By contrast, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines canceled 190 of its flights on Saturday, which is 5% of operations and 87 on Saturday, according to FlightAware.
American is also based in the region, Fort Worth.
From Friday to Saturday, American canceled more than 1,000 flights, citing bad weather and staffing shortages.
American Airlines canceled hundreds of flights Monday morning following a slew of disruptions over the weekend. By 9:30 a.m. ET, about 338 flights, or 6% of the carrier’s flight schedule, had been canceled, American Airlines said. – Fox Business
The airline canceled 342 flights or 11% of its operations, according to tracking site FlightAware. On Saturday, American Airlines grounded another 516 flights, 19% of operations. It further canceled another 425 flights or 15% of operations for Sunday.
The airline said in a statement to KTVT, the local CBS affiliate, that severe winds in North Texas exacerbated staffing shortages and cut arrival capacity by more than half at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. American Airlines said in the statement it was limited to two runways at the airport, which serves as an important hub, instead of five.
“We are taking this measure to minimize any inconvenience as much as possible,” American Airlines said in the statement. “Most of the customers impacted by these changes are being rebooked the same day, and we apologize for having to make these changes.”
The airline said that it expects to ramp up staffing in the coming months. Over 600 new flight attendants will be hired and 1,800 will return from leave starting Nov. 1. Another 4,000 new employees working in various positions will be hired in time to accommodate holiday travel.
After seeing a drop in travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, airlines have faced particular challenges in bouncing back. Earlier this month, Southwest Airlines reported $75 million in losses related to weather, air traffic control and staffing difficulties.
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