American Airlines has continued its streak cancellation over the course of Halloween weekend as a quarter of its scheduled flights – 634 of them – were cancelled on Sunday.
The airline has blamed weather control issues, such as strong winds from Dallas, and ongoing staff shortages due to lay-offs made when travel cratered at the start of the COVID outbreak.
In total, more than 1,500 flights have been axed by the airline since Friday with 738 delays and 342 cancellations, according to FlightAware.
On Saturday, 543 flights were cancelled with more than 400 also delayed.
‘With additional weather throughout the system, our staffing begins to run tight as crew members end up out of their regular flight sequences,’ American Airlines said in a statement to CNN.
One of the main causes of the cancellations and delays over the course of the weekend has largely been attributed to the weather conditions in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The area has seen two days of strong winds leaving passengers stranded at the one of American Airlines’ biggest hubs, Dallas Fort Wort International Airport.
Wind conditions, which are currently at 9mph, were said to have strong gusts earlier in the weekend with a recorded high of 60mph on Friday.
That has caused a knock-on effect where staff stuck on earlier delayed or canceled flights have gone over the number of hours they can work, lowering the number of people now available to cover later flights.
A host of angry passengers took to social media over Halloween weekend to vent over the cancellations and delays.