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By Maria Ponnezhath
(Reuters) -American Airlines stated on Saturday it has canceled greater than 1,400 flights over the weekend due to staff shortages and unfavorable weather.
The U.S. airline stated it canceled 551 flights on Saturday, 480 flights on Sunday, as well as to 376 flights canceled on Friday. FlightAware, a flight monitoring web site, stated American had additionally delayed greater than 1,000 flights since Friday.
“With additional weather throughout the system, our staffing begins to run tight as crew members end up out of their regular flight sequences,” the airline stated in an announcement.
The firm stated it anticipated to get via this era of irregular operations quickly.
Heading in the direction of the busy vacation journey season, carriers are working to rent extra workers.
American Airlines (NASDAQ:) stated it’s rising its staffing throughout all operations, with almost 1,800 flight attendants coming back from depart and greater than 600 newly employed flight attendants approaching board by the tip of December.
Southwest additionally stated it was hiring aggressively, with the purpose of getting about 5,000 new workers by the tip of this 12 months.
Earlier this month, Southwest canceled almost 2,400 flights over a three-day interval, blaming unfavorable weather and air visitors points in Florida.
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