American Airlines cutting flights as summer season starts

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DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines is cutting flights to protect its network from getting overloaded as summer travel season arrives.

American scrubbed more than 130 flights by Tuesday afternoon, according to tracking service FlightAware.

An American Airlines spokeswoman says the cancellations will average 50 to 60 flights a day the rest of June and between 50 and 80 a day in the first half of July. That’s a little more than 1% of its schedule.

American has fewer employees than before the pandemic, and the airline says bad weather at key airports like Dallas-Fort Worth can make it hard to get reserve crews where they’re needed.

Transportation Security Administration numbers show around two million travelers per day taking flight across the U.S. in June, roughly tripling from the summer numbers in 2020, though still significantly down from 2019.

If your flight is canceled, American advises you to use one of three options to reschedule:

  • Tap on your scheduled flight in the American Airlines app to search and reschedule
  • View and change your flight under “your trips” on aa.com
  • Use an airport kiosk to scan your boarding pass to re-book your travel.

As with other airlines, American offers an online tool to check current flight status.

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