American Airlines Cancels Hundreds of Flights Over the Weekend

American Airlines canceled hundreds of flights for the third day in a row on Sunday, citing personnel shortages and disrupting the weekend plans of tens of thousands of passengers.

According to flight-tracking website FlightAware, by late afternoon Sunday, American Airlines had canceled more than 900 flights after canceling almost 900 flights the previous two days.

According to an American Airlines spokesman, the company anticipates significant improvement to begin on Monday, but there will be “some lingering impact from the weekend.” 

American Airlines’ problems began on Thursday and Friday when severe winds forced the airline to close its main hub, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and prohibited it from using all runways. 

On Sunday, American Airlines scheduled over 2,600 flights, not including regional affiliates that fly as American Eagle. 

Aviation data firm Cirium explained that the number is expected to rise to more than 3,000 flights over the course of eight days around Thanksgiving and early December.

Earlier in October, Southwest canceled almost 2,000 flights due to weather issues in Florida, which were exacerbated by personnel shortages. 

Southwest’s chief operating officer Mike Van de Ven stated that the airline was pursuing “a very aggressive hiring plan,” but that it was “still not where we want to be with personnel,” particularly with pilots.

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