The airline blames staff shortages and increased demand for flights as the covid-19 pandemic settles down in the U.S.
American Airlines canceled hundreds of flights over the past weekend and plans to cancel perhaps thousands more through mid-July, according to multiple news reports. The airline blames the cancellations on a number of factors, including staff shortages, bad weather, and a huge increase in demand for flights since the covid-19 pandemic has finally started to settle down in the United States.
“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,” Stacy Day, a spokesperson for American Airlines, told Gizmodo over email.
“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.”