Right before the Memorial Day holiday — the start of the busiest US travel season — we outlined major airlines were axing flights from their schedules. Now carriers are at it again, with American Airlines saying it’ll eliminate service to three cities (Islip and Ithaca, New York, and Toledo, Ohio) after the Labor Day holiday weekend due to staffing shortages.
“We’re extremely grateful for the care and service our team members provided to our customers in Islip, Ithaca, and Toledo, and are working closely with them during this time,” American Airlines said in a statement to Fox Business.
The airline blamed the “difficult” decision to slash service because of a shortage of pilots that has plagued the industry at a time when travel demand is robust.
We recently noted Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, and Alaska Airlines removed flights to minimize disruptions and bounce back faster when challenges arise, though, as of last weekend, more than 10,000 flights were canceled due