Due to labour shortages, American Airlines will terminate service in three locations after the Labor Day holiday weekend, marking the airline industry’s latest setback amid thousands of cancellations and layoffs in recent months. According to an airline representative, service to Toledo, Ohio, Ithaca, New York, and Islip, New York would be discontinued on September 7 due to a “regional Pilot shortage.”
In a statement to The Hill, a spokesman stated, “We’re really appreciative for the care and support our team members offered to our clients in Islip, Ithaca, and Toledo, and we’re working closely with them during this time.” “We’ll contact clients who have travel plans after this date to provide other options.”
Travel demand has risen dramatically, with many Americans taking trips for the first time since the outbreak began. The Transportation Security Administration reported that 2.44 million travelers were inspected at airports on Friday, the most on any day since Nov. 28, 2021. Meanwhile, airlines have struggled to meet increased demand after cutting millions of employees during the pandemic’s peak, pushing up ticket prices. Thousands of flights were cancelled or delayed this weekend due to Father’s Day and Juneteenth celebrations.
Between July 1 and August 7, Delta Air Lines removed 100 flights from its daily schedule, and the company’s Pilot addressed an open letter to passengers, stating they were flying a “record amount” of overtime to lower the high number of cancellations. Other airlines have also reduced their timetables. According to The Dallas Morning News, Southwest Airlines slashed 20,000 flights this summer. American is also changing eight additional routes to better meet the current demand situation, according to an airline representative. As an origin or destination city, all of those routes use one of the airline’s hub airports.