American Airlines cancels hundreds of flights ahead of Halloween
American Airlines canceled more than 800 flights between Friday and Saturday, according to FlightAware.
Several cancellations have been reported coast to coast from Charlotte, NC to Los Angeles.
The company blamed the many cancellations on bad weather in Dallas, Texas, and staff shortages.
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“To make sure that we take care of our customers and keep the schedules safe for our crews, we have adjusted our operations in recent days this month by proactively canceling some flights,” said the director of the ‘David Seymour exploitation in a statement to FOX Television. Stations Saturday. “We are taking this step to minimize any inconvenience as much as possible.”
“Most of the customers impacted by these changes are re-let the same day, and we apologize for having to make these changes,” the statement continued.
The company said it plans to increase its workforce in the coming months, with nearly 1,800 flight attendants returning from leave on November 1. She also hopes to hire more than 600 additional flight attendants by the end of December.
The company added that it plans to hire 4,000 airport workers by the end of the year.
The move is the latest indication that leisure travel to the United States is recovering from the pandemic faster than airlines anticipated.
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“Growing customer demand and new routes starting later this year mean we need more flight attendants to operate the airline,” said Brady Byrnes, vice president of airline flight services. , to flight attendants in a note over the summer.
Last year, American offered long-term leave to flight attendants and other employees to cut costs as it battled a sharp drop in travel caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Other airlines have done the same. Now they need people.
When the pandemic struck, the number of people flying in the United States fell below 100,000 on some days, a level not seen in decades. This year, it has fallen from less than 700,000 per day in early February to 2 million per day in July.
American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue join United Airlines in demanding that employees be vaccinated against COVID-19, as the Biden administration steps up pressure on major U.S. carriers to demand the vaccines.
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker told employees the airline is still working out the details, but “it’s clear that team members who choose to remain unvaccinated will not be able to work at American Airlines.” .
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The American Pilots Union recently estimated that 4,200 – or 30% – of the airline’s pilots are unvaccinated.
Airlines are large employers who come under Biden’s blanket order that companies with more than 100 workers require employees to be vaccinated or undergo weekly tests for the virus.
Employees can request immunization waivers for medical or religious reasons.
A group totaling hundreds, including current and former American Airlines employees, demonstrated outside the company’s headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas last week against the carrier’s decision to force all employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or lose their job.
A crowd of hundreds also gathered outside American’s Fort Worth headquarters earlier this month on October 7 after the company announced that its employees were at risk of being made redundant if they were not. not fully vaccinated before November 24.
The Associated Press and FOX Business contributed to this report. This story was reported from Los Angeles.