American Airlines to cut flights in early November as it recovers from major delays

The Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas - American Airlines says it will cut passenger-carrying capacity by 1 per cent in the first half of November as it tries to recover from widespread delays and a spike in cancellations.

American said Thursday that the pullback will give it more time to return to normal operations without affecting holiday travel.

Delays and cancellations soared in September, which American blamed on a work slowdown by some pilots. The pilots' union denied the charge.

Although American has boosted its on-time arrivals from September's 59-per cent mark, flight-tracking service says American still trailed other large U.S. airlines in delays on Wednesday.

American cut capacity in September and October by up to 2 per cent. Airlines reduce capacity by eliminating flights or using smaller planes.