American Airlines is canceling hundreds of flights until at least mid-July as the company struggles to maintain service amid massively increasing travel demand as the coronavirus pandemic continues to recede in the United States. United, according to an airline spokesperson.
“The first weeks of June brought unprecedented weather conditions to our largest hubs, severely affecting our operations and causing delays, canceled flights and disruption to crew member schedules and our customers’ plans,” airline spokeswoman Shannon Gilson told CNN. . “This, combined with the labor shortages some of our suppliers face and the incredibly rapid rise in customer demand, has resulted in us building the resilience and certainty of our operations by adjusting a fraction of our flights scheduled until mid-July. “
Yet the fraction of targeted cancellations amounts to hundreds of flights up to mid-July. American Airlines recorded 120 cancellations on Saturday and the company expects 50 to 80 flight cancellations per day going forward, according to Gibson.
Industries across the country have struggled to hire employees as the economy tries to return to pre-pandemic normal.
Customers who had been booked through July 15 will be notified or have already received notifications if their flights have been canceled so they can make travel adjustments in advance, Gibson said.
Gibson also said the cancellations will be spread across its system, to minimize the impact in a single area, although there is a larger effect at Dallas-Fort Worth, an American Airlines hub.