American Airlines canceled hundreds of flights on Halloween over the weekend

Two days of strong winds in Dallas-Fort Worth, its largest hub, have severely reduced its future capacity, the company said. Flights at its Charlotte, NC hub were also affected

“With the added weather throughout the system, our staff is starting to shrink as crew members end up from their scheduled flights,” American said in a statement to CNN.

From 16.00 EDT, FlightAware, an aviation tracking program, showed that 460 flights or 17% of airline operations were canceled. It missed almost 300 more flights or 11% of its operations.

The American also canceled 284 flights as a precaution on Sunday.

FlightAware on Friday revealed that 738 or nearly a quarter of U.S. operations were delayed and had 342 flight cancellations. He preemptively canceled 284 flights on Sunday.

The Americans reported that 4,967 flights were scheduled for Saturday.

“To ensure we take care of our customers and ensure schedule security for our crews, we have adjusted our operations over the last few days of this month by proactively canceling some flights,” American said.

Thousands of passengers currently travel during the weekend for Halloween, many of them tweeting their complaints to the company.

By comparison, Southwest, which has fewer flights a day, canceled 86 flights and missed 473.

As air traffic declined in early 2020, airlines offered redemptions and early retirement packages employees to reduce costs. When they try to hire or re-hire workers, service disruptions become more common.

Americans expect more teams to return during the year during the holidays. The airline announced that 1,800 flight attendants will return on Monday and the rest will return by December 1st. The airline said it is also increasing the number of employees in the fourth quarter.

As travel increased nonetheless, but in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, it ceased, other airlines also had difficulty returning to normal operations. Southwest had operative fracture canceled more than 2,000 weekend flights in one weekend in October.

The company blamed the move for problems with air traffic control and limited staffing in Florida, as well as bad weather, saying the return of its business to normal was “harder and longer” due to the reduced schedule and number of employees. introduced during a pandemic.

Chris Isidore of CNN contributed to this report.


Leave a Comment

error: Content is protected !!