Travelers flying with American Airlines fearful that recent cancellations could ruin plans
American Airlines had to cancel over 400 more flights Monday due to bad weather and staffing shortages.
The airlines had cancelled more than 2,000 flights since Friday, causing concern for those planning to take off with them.
Lisa Perez showed up at MacArthur Airport ready to board an American Airlines plane.
"I was anxious," Perez says. "I'm glad to get here and I want to get to the gate and hopefully fly out on time."
One American Airlines flight arrived at MacArthur Airport early, but others haven't been so fortunate.
In a letter to employees, the company's chief operating officer wrote that the problems starts with wind gusts of up to 50 mph at Dallas-Fort Worth, the airline's hub.
Weather-related cancellations apparently put cabin crews out of position, causing even more flights to be cut.
Southwest Airlines also had to recently cancel more than 2,000 flights due to staffing shortages.
Robert Sinclair Jr., of AAA Northeast, says passengers may have to be extra patient during the upcoming holiday season as airlines respond to increased demand.
"These are problems that are coming as a result of the pandemic and the cutbacks that were made by a lot of airlines, some staffing reductions," Sinclair Jr. says.
A spokesperson for the airline says there has been improvement, but some residual impacts are still expected in the coming days.
Around 1,800 flight attendants were set to come off their leave Monday and more than 600 new hires will start work by the end of the year.