American Airlines Cancels Flights As Flight Attendants Disappear
American Airlines has canceled about 1,600 flights over the past three days, citing blustery conditions in Texas and a shortage of flight attendants, David Koenig reported for the Associated Press (AP).
Photo Insert: High winds at times shut down flights and prevented the airline from using all runways at its busiest hub, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, thus making it difficult for American to get crews in position for upcoming flights.
The disruptions were similar in their initial cause and size to problems suffered in early October by Southwest Airlines, and they raised ominous questions about whether major airlines are prepared for the busy upcoming holiday travel period.
By midday Sunday, American had canceled more than 700 flights — almost 30% of its schedule for the day — after scrapping nearly 900 flights on Friday and Saturday, according to tracking service FlightAware.
American’s troubles began late in the week when high winds at times shut down flights and prevented the airline from using all runways at its busiest hub, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
That made it difficult for American to get crews in position for upcoming flights, and the cancellations and delays grew worse through Saturday and Sunday.
“To make sure we are taking care of our customers and providing scheduling certainty for our crews, we have adjusted our operation for the last few days this month by proactively canceling some flights,” David Seymour, the airline’s chief operating officer, said in a note to employees on Saturday.