American Airlines cuts hundreds of flights amid surging demand


American Airlines said on Sunday it was cutting some 950 flights from its schedule, including 296 over the weekend, to reduce potential pressure on its operations, the Wall Street Journal first reported.

Driving the news: The deployment of the vaccine in the United States has led to a massive increase in travel bookings. The airline said in an emailed statement that it is facing an “incredibly rapid increase in customer demand.”

  • Meanwhile, some suppliers are grappling with labor shortages and the first weeks of June “brought unprecedented weather conditions to our largest hubs, severely affecting our operations and causing delays, canceled flights and disruptions to crew member schedules and our customers’ plans. ”
  • The airline said this “has led us to build the resilience and certainty of our operation by adjusting a fraction of our scheduled flights through mid-July.” The changes affect around 1% of flights scheduled for the first half of July.

“We have made targeted changes with the goal of impacting as few customers as possible by adjusting flights in markets where we have multiple accommodation options.”

– American Airlines

Our thought bubble, via Joann Muller from Axios: This is another example of haywire supply and demand as the economy rebounds more strongly than expected.

To note : Reducing a relatively small number of flights “will ease the pressure on maintenance and mean there will be more pilots in reserve, providing a buffer when needed,” the Journal notes.

The bottom line: The adjustment highlights the challenges industries face in coming out of the pandemic, as a rapid increase in travel also puts pressure on “vacation rental operators and car rental companies,” according to the WSJ.

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