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American Airlines cuts 31,000 flights from its November schedule

Aug 15, 2022, 2:41 PM
MIAMI, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 10: An American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner approaches for a landing...
MIAMI, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 10: An American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner approaches for a landing at the Miami International Airport on December 10, 2021 in Miami, Florida. The American Airlines company announced it will discontinue service to several international destinations in 2022 amid the ongoing shortage of Boeing 787 aircraft. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

(CNN) — American Airlines is once again cutting its flight schedule, slashing 16% or 31,000 flights during November.

The airline said the move is “in line with our approach to network and schedule planning throughout the year.”

Schedule data provided by Cirium, an aviation analytics company, shows the largest cuts are between Chicago O’Hare and Dallas-Fort Worth, as well as between Boston and Philadelphia.

“Preliminary schedules are published 331 days in advance and then adjustments are made closer in based on the schedule we intend to operate,” American said to CNN in a statement. “We are now loading schedule adjustments approximately 100 days in advance, which is in line with how we adjusted our schedule in 2019 prior to the pandemic.”

Last week, CNN reported that American is cutting 2% of its flights in September and October.

American Airlines called the changes “proactive adjustments” in order to “size our airline for the resources we have available and to build an additional buffer into the remainder of our summer schedule.”

American isn’t the only US airline to trim its schedule.

United Airlines recently cut its schedule at Newark, New Jersey, and Delta cut its summer schedule early in the season.

Airlines have been struggling with flight cancellations and delays this summer as they face staffing shortages, severe weather, and air traffic control delays. Last week, an unexpected line of storms at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport caused 100 American Airlines flight diversions and hundreds of cancellations.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg recently called the air travel system “very brittle” and proposed new consumer protections for passengers.

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American Airlines cuts 31,000 flights from its November schedule