American Airlines removes flights from fall schedule
American Airlines took steps to reduce overall system capacity in September, including at Philadelphia International Airport.
The airline told FOX Business in an email on Friday that changes — based on available resources — had been made to create an additional buffer in the rest of its summer schedule and in an effort to move customers to different flights.
It said the adjustments to its October schedule implemented last week were similar to others made in recent months.
The airline said it will still offer customers the “largest network of any US airline this fall” with an average of more than 5,400 peak daily departures.
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The Philadelphia Business Journal reported earlier this week that more than 1,800 American Airlines domestic flights have been cut from the Philadelphia hub’s September and October schedules, citing data from aviation analytics provider Cirium Inc.
The airport flight reduction, according to the outlet, is the carrier’s largest at any airport nationwide.
American said at Philadelphia International Airport, its published flights were based on the 2019 flight schedule and not “the current demand environment.”
Average daily departures, he said, are consistent with flights over the past few months, including 241 average daily departures in July, 228 in August, 213 in September and 224 in October.
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While schedules are released more than 330 days in advance, adjustments would be made more closely based on customer demand.
“Our fourth quarter operational performance and the results we achieved in the first weeks of July give us confidence to move forward. But we are still not where we need to be. And we have a lot of flight ahead. So we’re investing in our operations to make sure we meet our reliability goals and deliver to our customers,” American Airlines CEO Robert Isom said during the company’s latest earnings call. “We’re taking proactive measures to create an additional buffer in our calendar for the rest of the year. As I said a minute ago, we are sizing the airline based on the resources we have and the operating conditions we face, and we will make further adjustments as necessary.”
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Customers whose flights may have changed as a result of these adjustments will be contacted directly with alternative travel options.
Those whose needs are not met by the changes can request a full refund.