The airline has now canceled more than 1,500 flights since Friday, as it deals with weather issues and staffing shortages that started last week.
“With additional weather throughout the system, our staffing begins to run tight as crew members end up out of their regular flight sequences,” American said in a statement to CNN on Saturday.
Two days of severe winds in Dallas-Fort Worth, its largest hub, sharply reduced arrival capacity, the company said.
The airline canceled 543 flights Saturday according to FlightAware, roughly 20% of its operation. American reported 4,967 flights had been scheduled on Saturday.
On Friday, FlightAware showed 738 flights, almost a quarter of American’s operations, were delayed, and 342 flights were canceled.
American expects more flight crews will return during the holiday season. The airline said 1,800 flight attendants will return from leave Monday and more will be back on the job by December 1. The airline said it is also increasing hiring in the fourth quarter.
The company blamed the move on air traffic control problems and limited staffing in Florida as well as bad weather, saying getting its operations back to normal was “more difficult and prolonged” because of schedule and staffing reductions implemented during the pandemic.
This is a developing story.