American Airlines Cuts Capacity Amidst Delays and Cancellations
American Airlines announced it is cutting U.S. capacity by roughly 2% for the remainder of the current month and October following a high number of flight cancellations and delays.
The airline cited pilot retirements, sick calls, and unscheduled maintenance issues as the reasons behind the cuts.
“We are constantly evaluating our schedule based on operational and staffing resources, as well as seasonal demand, making adjustments when necessary,” said Bruce Hicks, a spokesman for the airline. “The schedule adjustments we are implementing will ensure we provide our customers with reliable service while minimizing any impact to their travel plans.”
The capacity reductions went into effect immediately.
According to data from FlightStats.com, American had more delayed flights and cancellations today than any other airline.
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