AMERICAN Airlines has canceled hundreds of flights this weekend due to staff shortages and other issues – with officials warning that nearly 2,500 more could between now through July.
A total of 123 flights were canceled on Saturday, 178 on Sunday, and 97 have so far been canceled for Monday following a high number of sick calls, combined with maintenance and other staffing issues, ABC reported.
A spokesperson for American told the network that the majority of the cancelations are on A320 and 737 aircraft.
They warned the company may continue to cancel between 50 to 60 flights per day for the rest of June and 50 to 80 flights through the end of July – totaling up to around 2,500.
The cancelations come in an effort to serve a surprise uptick in travel demand as the pandemic slows and restrictions ease.
“The first few weeks of June have brought unprecedented weather to our largest hubs, heavily impacting our operation and causing delays, canceled flights and disruptions to crew member schedules and our customers’ plans,” American spokeswoman Stacey Day said.
“That, combined with the labor shortages some of our vendors are contending with and the incredibly quick ramp-up of customer demand, has led us to build in additional resilience and certainty to our operation by adjusting a fraction of our scheduled flying through mid-July.”
According to Day, the cancellations will help the airline “ensure we can take good care of our customers and team members and minimize surprises at the airport.”
The airline said its cancellations were targeted at impacting the smallest number of customers “by adjusting flights in markets where we have multiple options for re-accommodation.”
Customers who had been booked through July 15 will be notified in advance or will have already received notifications if their flights have been canceled so they can make other arrangements ahead of time, Day said.
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