American Airlines Changes

June 21, 2021

They’re trying to put a Band-Aid on something that needs stitches.”

Pilot Dennis Tajer, Allied Pilots Association, who represents 15,000 pilots for American Airlines.
  • American-Airlines shaved-off about 1% of its flights through mid-July but cancelled a higher percentage of flights this recent weekend (June 19-20) causing disruption in travel.
  • Why? “The bad weather, 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. We made targeted changes with the goal of impacting the fewest number of customers by adjusting flights in markets where we have multiple options for re-accommodation.” Sarah Jantz , American Airlines spokeswoman
  • What Else Is A Factor: American needs to train pilots who were temporarily laid-off during the pandemic.
  • Context: Air travel has increased, but remains lower than 2019. Airlines have to figure out the right balance between hiring back workers to help with demand, and not over-hiring and causing higher costs while demand hasn’t completely returned.
  • Why It Matters: Overall, the airline industry continues to struggle with a sudden surge in travel demand. This isn’t specific to only American but their recent announcement on flight changes highlights the struggles.

Here’s a good read on this topic: American Airlines cancels hundreds of flights due to staffing crunch, maintenance issues

by Jenna Lee,