American Airlines cancels hundreds of flights amid staff shortages, maintenance issues


In one other blow for pandemic weary Americans wanting to journey once more, the nation’s largest provider, American Airlines, canceled hundreds of flights over Father’s Day weekend.

Passengers sounded off on social media in response after pilot shortages, staff illness and maintenance issues disrupted journey.

One father, Ken Novak, mentioned he has felt powerless to assist his 17-year-old daughters, who’ve been stranded for 27 hours in Dallas.

“They’re just, by this point, very tired and very exhausted, very much in need of a change of clothes, a shower and probably a good night’s sleep,” Novak mentioned.

Both of Ken Novak’s daughter’s had been left stranded in a Dallas, Texas, airport for 27 hours.

Ken Novak

The TSA screened greater than 2 million folks on Sunday — essentially the most because the pandemic started.

As the U.S. heads into the busy journey season, ongoing issues like these may pressure the airline to cancel 60 flights a day for the rest of June — equal to 600 planes — and as much as 80 flights a day by mid-July, totaling over 900 cancelations.

In an announcement, American Airlines blamed the disruptions partially on “unprecedented weather,” saying, “We never want to disappoint, and feel these schedule adjustments will help … minimize surprises at the airport.”

“With all due respect, weather is always going to be there. That’s not going to cause hundreds of cancelations unless there’s a typhoon,” CBS News journey editor Peter Greenberg mentioned. 

“You have problems with staffing, you have problems with trainings, you have a problem with logistics, and the numbers are just getting worse and worse,” Greenberg continued.

American Airlines says the rest of their furloughed pilots will not be totally able to fly till not less than the tip of the month. Delta is in search of 1,300 customer support reps and the TSA has employed 4,000 of their focused aim of 6,000 workers earlier than the tip of summer season — all this as demand for journey skyrockets.


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