American Airlines Cancels Hundreds of Flights Due to Shortage of Staff
American Airlines is canceling hundreds of flights until July facing a shortage of staff. The American airline passenger market is faced with a massive increase in travel demand.
With 120 cancellations on Saturday alone, American Airlines is expecting 80 to 90 cancellations per day for the days ahead.
"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 crewmember schedules and our customers' plans," Shannon Gilson, American Airline spokesperson
The airline is reducing scheduled flights through to mid-July to help ease distributions. 950 flights will be off the schedule in the first half of July.
"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."
American Airlines have said they are in the process of hiring hundreds of employees and are training all of the pilots that were furloughed last year during the pandemic.
However, Dennis Tajer, spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association has said the airline is trying to put a Band-Aid on something that needs stitches.
Delta airlines also have canceled hundreds of flights for the same reasons and are rehiring over a thousand employees.