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Why American Airlines just canceled your flight

American Airlines canceled flights just days after Southwest Airlines did the same — but for a different reason

An American Airlines aircraft at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
This June 2, 2021, photo shows an American Airlines aircraft at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va.
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American Airlines will cancel hundreds of flights through the middle of July because the airline company has to deal with a labor shortage amid rising demand, CNN reports.

Why did American Airlines cancel your flight?

Demand for travel has increased so much that American Airlines doesn’t have the staff and crews to keep up since the coronavirus outbreak left airports empty for months.

And it seems the weather — heat waves in the West, rainstorms in the South — has made an impact on American Airlines, too.

  • “The first few weeks of June have brought unprecedented weather to our largest hubs, heavily impacting our operation and causing delays, canceled flights and disruptions to crew member schedules and our customers’ plans,” Shannon Gilson, a spokesperson for the airline, told CNN. “That, combined with the labor shortages some of our vendors are contending with and the incredibly quick ramp up of customer demand, has led us to build in additional resilience and certainty to our operation by adjusting a fraction of our scheduled flying through mid-July.”

The cancellations will impact hundreds of flights this summer. In fact, American Airlines canceled 120 flights last Saturday alone, according to CNN. There are 50 to 80 flight cancellations expected soon.

Why did Southwest Airlines cancel your flights?

The American Airlines cancellations came during the same week that Southwest Airlines had to delay and cancel some of its flights due to data issues, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

Southwest Airlines flights were delayed and canceled last week because of weather data issues.

  • “While Southwest teams and the vendor worked to restore connectivity, we implemented a ground stop to protect the safety of our crews and customers,” Dan Landson, a Southwest spokesman, told NPR.

Then, Southwest suffered from its own technological problems — separate from the weather data issues — that led to more flight cancellations.

  • “While our technology issues from Tuesday have been resolved, we are still experiencing a small number of cancellations and delays across our network as we continue working to resume normal operations,” Landson added in a statement to The New York Times.