American Airlines and Spirit cancel hundreds more flights

American Airlines and Spirit Airlines canceled hundreds more flights on Tuesday as cancelations and delays that began on Sunday due to thunderstorms spilled into their third day.

More than 280 flights, some 9 percent of all of American scheduled trips, had been canceled as of 11 a.m. ET Tuesday, according to

Another 190, or 6 percent of American’s flights, were delayed on Tuesday.

The latest disruptions come on top of the roughly 850 flights that American canceled on Sunday and Monday, as well as the nearly 2,000 that were delayed, according to CNBC.

At least 120 of American’s cancellations on Tuesday were due to a lack of flight crew, according to an internal list, which was reviewed by CNBC.

Spirit Airlines canceled 290 flights on Tuesday, representing 42 percent of their flights for the day, according to FlightAware.

And the airline delayed another 70 flights, or 10 percent.

That’s on top of more than 400 flights that Spirit canceled on Sunday and Monday.

Representatives for Spirit and American did not return The Post’s request for comment, but reports suggested that the disruptions were linked to rolling thunderstorms in the Dallas, Texas area.

Erik Hofmeyer, a spokesman for Spirit, blamed the chaos on “a series of weather and operational challenges.”

Spirit Airlines plane
Spirit Airlines has cancelled 42 percent of Tuesday’s flights.
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“We needed to make proactive cancellations to some flights across the network, but the majority of flights are still scheduled as planned,” he said Monday.

American also linked the disruptions to weather.

“Mother nature isn’t playing nicely and many flights in and out DFW are delayed or cancelled,” American Airlines said Sunday on Twitter.

Photos on social media from across the country showed would-be flyers waiting in long lines to retrieve their luggage.

Stormy Daniels, the porn star who claimed she had an affair with former President Donald Trump, was also caught up in the cancelations.

“After being diverted to OKC, my brother (and rest of the passengers) SAT ON THE PLANE for 12 hrs with NO food & no explanation!” she tweeted at American Airlines. “Flight finally made it to DFW to find not a single employee working.”

“It looked like a hurricane shelter,” passenger Rebecca Osborn, who was at Orlando International Airport, told USA Today on Monday.

“There were people everywhere: little kids, old people,” Osborn’s boyfriend Eddie Gordon said. “They never came out and gave any type of explanation or offered anything… First, they said it was weather, then they said we don’t have enough staff.”

Gordon and Osbourne told USA Today they waited in line for a refund from midnight to 9:30 a.m. on Monday, after their flight was scheduled to depart Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

Airlines have struggled to maintain staffing levels after COVID-19 decimated profits —even though airlines received federal funding contingent on them avoiding layoffs.

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