Due to factors such as labor shortages, increased consumer demand and severe weather, hundreds of American airline flights across the United States have been cancelled. These factors that have caused the cancellation of flights at Philadelphia International Airport are expected to continue until mid-July.
The airline said it plans to make adjustments that will reduce its system-wide daily operations by about 1% by the middle of next month. A spokesperson said that this is approximately 72 of the 5,674 daily flights.
Nationwide, American Airlines has cut 120, 176, and 97 flights in the past three days. The weekend’s disruption was more serious than the airlines expected to move forward.
At Philadelphia International Airport, the hub of American Airlines, about two flights a day may be cancelled in the next few weeks. On Monday, the airline took the initiative to cancel a scheduled flight from Philadelphia. There are no plans to voluntarily cancel on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Whenever possible, American Airlines plans to notify passengers of flight cancellations before departure. Most cancelled flights will target markets where airlines have multiple re-accommodation options.
The airline said: “Regardless of the situation, our focus this summer-always-to serve our customers.” “We never want to disappoint, and think these timetable adjustments will help ensure that we can Take care of our customers and team members, and minimize accidents at the airport.”
With the surge in demand for summer flights, American Airlines is facing austerity. The US Transportation Security Administration screened approximately 2.1 million people at US airports on Sunday, the largest number of passengers since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. This is still about 25% lower than the same period in 2019.
But the rate of demand growth is much faster than many airline executives expected. Wall Street Journal.
American Airlines stated that its adjustments are in response to multiple pressures.
“The first few weeks of June brought unprecedented weather to our largest hub, which severely affected our operations and caused flight delays, flight cancellations, and disruptions to crew schedules and customer plans. Coupled with some of our suppliers The labor shortage in China has been countered by the rapid growth of customer demand, which allowed us to adjust a portion of the scheduled flight to mid-July to establish additional flexibility and certainty for our operations.”
A spokesperson for Philadelphia International Airport did not specifically comment on the problems faced by American Airlines, but said on Tuesday that there were no signs that other airlines would cancel flights. In recent weeks, the airport has averaged more than 50,000 passengers per day and is expected to exceed 1 million in June.
As Philadelphia City Council continues to promote labor shortages in the aviation industry A bill that will increase wages and benefits Contract worker at Philadelphia International Airport. The local trade union stated that these changes should have taken place long ago.
“During the pandemic, airlines like American Airlines received billions of dollars in federal assistance. We know that if the city does not act, airlines and their subcontracting employers will not be willing to provide them with better To protect basic front-line workers or paid sick leave,” said Gabe Morgan, vice president and state director of 32BJ SEIU, a service employee union representing Philadelphia airport workers.
Other airlines have also felt the impact of increased travel demand in the United States. According to reports, there were nearly 10,000 flight delays on Sunday, including about 30% of Southwest Airlines’ scheduled flights. New York TimesApproximately 25% of flights are delayed by American Airlines, 23% by United Airlines, and 21% by Delta Air Lines.
It is recommended that passengers regularly check all airline bookings before the departure date (and the day of departure) to prepare for possible changes.