American airlines cancel 50 flights a day due to pilot shortage

 Friday, June 24, 2022

Flight cancellation

American airlines are shortening flight numbers as there is a significant amount of labour shortage. Services to Dubuque, Lowa, Islip and Ithaca, New York and Toledo, Ohio will be dropped. The officials say there are at least 100 flights not flying because the cockpits are empty. The services are going to be applicable from September 7.  

American airlines have done this to avoid the distress customers are facing due to unexpected flight cancellations. Recently many incidents have occurred when customers had to wait hours as their flights got cancelled. The sudden cancellations of flights have pushed customers towards schedule disruption and frustration.

There is a huge lack of pilots in the airlines since last year. During a pandemic, many pilots retired from service. Due to this the labour shortage is damaging the service quality of the American airlines. The airline has decided, it is better to shorten the service for good than cancelling the flights unexpectedly.

During the father’s day weekend, several customers have made to stick to in the airport, along with their luggage and failed plans. Kit Darby, aviation consultant has stated that disruption in flight will continue worldwide for the entire summer travel season.

Many have suggested increasing the package currently offered to the pilots but Darby has stated that it would not be of much use as skill develops over time. He stressed the fact that paying someone more would not increase their productivity. Normal things like weather, aeroplane maintenance, and delays affect more when there is a pilot shortage or skill shortage, he further added.  

American airline’s cut will be a 12% shortening of the total flights in the United. As the summer season travel approaches, this cut might prove to be fatal for the passenger’s holiday planning.

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