American Airlines canceled over 1,000 flights over the Halloween weekend, blaming weather and personnel issues.
On Sunday, the airline canceled 527 total flights, or 19 percent of all its scheduled flights that day, accounting for nearly a third of all the country’s cancellations, according to data from the flight tracking website FlightAware. A further 31 flights, or 1 percent, were delayed.
American canceled a further 543 flights, or 20 percent of its total scheduled flights, on Saturday. A further 407 flights, or 15 percent of its flights, were delayed according to data.
In a note to staff on Saturday, U.S. COO David Seymour blamed the delays on bad weather around Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, the airline’s base for operations that had displaced personnel around the country, according to CNBC.
“With extra weather throughout the system, our staff is starting to run tight as crew members end up out of their regular flight sequences,” Seymour said.
“To ensure we take care of our customers and provide scheduling security for our crews, we have adjusted our operations for the last few days of this month by proactively canceling some flights,” said American.
After massive staff cuts during the COVID-19 pandemic, American announced that 1,800 flight attendants will return from leave on November 1 in preparation for the holiday travel season, and more are expected to return on December 1, according to CNBC.