American Airlines cancels hundreds of flights due to staff shortages

More than 300 American Airlines flights have been canceled due to staff shortages. The company can’t staff all the airplane crews it needs.

Due to bad weather in the South and other factors, the airline cut its flight schedule by 1 percent in the first half of July. This reduction “will minimize surprises at the airport,” the company said in a statement.

American Airlines cancels hundreds of flights due to staff shortages

“The first few weeks of June brought unprecedented weather to our major hubs, severely impacting our operations and resulting in delays, flight cancellations and disruptions to crew schedules and our customers’ plans,” the statement said.

“This, combined with staff shortages that some of our suppliers are struggling with and an incredibly rapid increase in consumer demand, has resulted in us adjusting some of our scheduled flights through mid-July,” the company also said.

The 123 flights canceled on Saturday accounted for 4 percent of all flights. According to the report, 180 flights were canceled on Sunday, but the airline told the network that that was only 3% of all its flights, “including those operated by regional carriers.”