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Flight cancellations: American Airlines cancels over 1,000 flights in September and October because of staff shortages

American Airlines has cancelled more than 1,800 flights in September and October.

The flights were scheduled to depart from Philadelphia, but have been cancelled due to staffing shortages.


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Which flights have been cancelled?

American Airlines has struggled to fully staff their flights this year. The company has a shortage of both qualified pilots and flight attendants. Thousands of pilots retired during the pandemic and many more bought out while recruitment dipped. Since travel restrictions have lifted, American Airlines has been struggling to keep up with the demand. This is especially true around the holidays.

Of the 1,800 cancelled flights to and from Philadelphia International Airport represent about 2% of their flights scheduled for the rest of the year. The majority of the cancelled flights were in the month of September.

The airline cancelled 553 departures and 568 arrivals in September, cutting a total of 1,121 flights. 711 flights have been removed from American Airline’s schedule for October– including 359 arrivals and 352 departures.

The American Airline flight cancellations impact more than just Philadelphia. Nationwide, the company has cancelled more than 6,000 flights in September. The airline also announced that they are ending service to Islip and Ithaca, New York as well as Toldeo, Ohio, on September 7.


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