If you were planning on flying with American Airlines this weekend, we have some bad news for you. The company just announced that it will be cancelling hundreds of flights because of a shortage of pilots. According to the airline, there are not enough qualified pilots to fly planes during peak demand periods like weekends and holidays. This is obviously frustrating for travelers who want or need to take a flight over the next few days, but what can they do?
First of all, you might want to check the next few days’ flights on a different airline. It’s possible that one of AA’s competitors has enough pilots and is flying at full capacity. If it looks like there are still plenty of options for your trip, you can try calling American Airlines or checking their website for updates about cancellations and rebookings. If the only flights available to you require a connection, we recommend checking all connections and connections before your final destination. It’s possible that one of the earlier legs has been cancelled.
If you’re not able to check another airline or connect through an alternative airport because it would increase the length of your trip too much, AA is offering refunds or travel credits that can be applied toward future flights.
FORT WORTH, Texas, April 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – American Airlines is committed to ensuring its customers have a great travel experience when flying with us. During our peak flying periods, currently anticipated to be between April 15 and May 31, American has more customers traveling than its pilot workforce can support. To ensure we fly our customers safely to their destinations during this time period, we will proactively cancel a small number of flights daily between now and May 31.
We remain focused on providing the highest-quality experience to every customer while operating a reliable schedule for all our customers and shippers. We sincerely apologize to our customers whose travel plans are being impacted by these cancellations.
We encourage any customer affected by today’s announcement to visit a local airport, speak with an agent at the airport ticket counter or call their travel agent before heading to the airport. In addition to this proactive, voluntary action, American has more pilots in training than any other airline. We currently expect to meet the needs of our operation and ensure that American remains the industry leader in safety, service and reliability.
American Airlines Group Inc., the parent company of American Airlines, has today notified US DOT that it will proactively cancel flights due to an inability to line up available pilots for certain peak days between April 15 and May 31, 2017.
The Association of Professional Flight Attendants is committed to the safety of our passengers and our union sisters and brothers who are being asked to stand-by on reserve without a guarantee that they will be called to fly. The non-stop nature of the airline business requires our members to be flexible and available in all corners of the country.
American Airlines has announced it will cancel 150 flights every day for the next six weeks, due mainly to its inability to hire enough pilots. The shortfall comes after years of failed negotiations with its pilot’s union.
From the beginning, Air Wisconsin has been committed to providing high quality service with a full complement of pilots. We are approaching our busiest time of the year and are set up to operate at full capacity. As always, we will continue to provide our loyal customers with excellent service today and in decades to come.