American Airlines said that it has cancelled more than 1,200 flights over the weekend due to staff shortages and unfavourable weather conditions. The airlines also added that they have cancelled 537 flights on Saturday and over 300 flights on Sunday, in addition to 376 flights cancelled on Friday.Southwest Airlines has cancelled more than 170 flights over the weekend while some 2,000 flights experienced delays.The cancellations of flights affected its largest hub, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, as well as airports in Charlotte, Miami, and Phoenix.
A spokesperson for the Allied Pilots Association, Captain Dennis Tajer, blamed management for the cancellations of American Airlines, he did not respond when asked about whether pilots and other employees were unhappy with the vaccine mandate and if that factored into the staff shortages.
Tajer also added that as they look at management’s tracked reasons for cancellations, it confirms that there was a weather event but then, as has been during the summer, management failed to connect pilots and flight attendants to the aeroplanes many days after the storm passes. Nature generates a storm and management’s failure to properly schedule creates storms days after.
Most of the cancelled flights were scheduled to depart to and from Dallas-Fort. Nearly 107 flights flying out of DFW were cancelled as of Saturday night while 108 were delayed. The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex on Wednesday and Thursday experienced severe wind gusts of up to 50mph with sustained winds between 20 and 25mph, causing power outages and flight delays.