FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines and American Eagle say they will cancel 300 flights this week to cope with a high number of pilots reporting sick and an increase in maintenance reports filed by crews.
That's 1.25 percent of the 24,000 flights that were scheduled by the two airlines, which are owned by Fort Worth-based AMR Corporation.
AMR said Wednesday that it canceled the flights in advance to avoid inconveniencing passengers. Earlier this week, American said it would cut its schedule through the end of October by up to 2 percent.
The pending lay-offs at American Airlines in Tulsa will have a ripple effect on our economy.
The Executive Director of the Oklahoma Aerospace and Defense Alliance is Mary Smith. She says aerospace is one of the largest industries in Oklahoma. With nearly 1,000 jobs expected to evaporate all segments of the economy will feel the impact.
Smith says the supply chain, and not just aerospace companies, will feel the impact for the lay-offs which are set to begin in November..
American is trimming its work-force as part of its effort to get out of bankruptcy.
American Airlines is moving forward with its plans to begin lay-offs at the Tulsa Base.
The first round of lay-offs will be on November 16th. The second round will take place in December.
The bankrupt airline is shedding workers as it tries to make its way out of bankruptcy. The airline says the exact number of people to be let go is still in flux. They won't know the exact number until later, but the company says the lay-offs will be less than first feared.
Bankrupt American Airlines will close its Alliance Center in Fort Worth and lay-off 839-workers at its Tulsa plant.
At one time the Tulsa lay-offs were projected to be closer to 2,100. The cuts will take place by the end of the year. It is all apart of the the airline's restructuring efforts to get out of bankruptcy. The Tulsa union recently approved a new contract with the airline. At the same time, American is exploring the possible merger with USA Airlines.