LOS ANGELES, CA — Mass American Airlines flight cancellations nationwide continued to affect travel in and out of Los Angeles Monday morning. Seven flights slated to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport Monday morning were canceled along with two departing flights. Other American Airlines departures out of LAX were delayed. Overall, the airline canceled another 250 flights on Monday.

The cancelations and delays are among more than 1,500 American Airlines flights canceled over the weekend, accounting for about about 9% of the airline’s total flights scheduled. The problems, which have plagued the airline for four straight days, are due to weather and staffing issues, airline officials said. On Sunday, LAX had 28 canceled American Airlines flights, according to Los Angeles World Airports’ Frederick Badlissi.

Hollywood Burbank Airport had one delayed American Airlines flight to Phoenix delayed Monday morning and had one canceled flight Sunday.

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Long Beach Airport did not list any canceled American flights. Three scheduled flights were departing from Long Beach Airport on Sunday and none of the flights were canceled.

LAX’s canceled arrivals Monday morning were from Austin, Texas; Honolulu, Hawaii; Houston, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; Dallas-Fort Worth in Texas; Denver, Colorado; and El Paso, Texas. The two canceled American Airlines departures from LAX were bound for Seoul, South Korea, and Philadelphia.

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“This week saw two days of severe winds in DFW (Dallas Fort-Worth), with gusts of up to 50 mph on Thursday, creating crosswind limitations that sharply reduced arrival capacity by more than half,” David Seymour, American’s chief operating officer, wrote in a letter to team members on Saturday.

“This weather drove a large number of cancellations at DFW, as we could only use two runways instead of the usual five that handle our operation. With additional weather throughout the system, our staffing begins to run tight as crew members end up out of their regular flight sequences. To make sure we are taking care of our customers and providing scheduling certainty for our crews, we have adjusted our operation for the last few days this month by proactively canceling some flights.

“We are taking this measure to minimize any inconvenience as much as possible. Most of the customers impacted by these changes are being rebooked the same day, and we apologize for having to make these changes.

“… The good news moving forward is that we continue to staff up across our entire operation and we will see more of our team returning in the coming months,” the letter continued. “Specifically, for flight attendants, we have nearly 1,800 returning from leave starting Nov. 1 — and the remainder coming back by Dec. 1 — and will have 600+ new hire, flight attendants, on property by end of December. Additionally, hiring for our airports is well underway and we anticipate 4,000 new team members joining us across the system in the fourth quarter.”

The American Airline flight disruptions come just a few weeks after Southwest Airlines endured similar turbulence. Thousands of travelers were stranded in the wake of mass Southwest Airlines flight cancelations stemming from far-flung weather events and air traffic control issues in early October.

City News Service and Patch Staffer Paige Austin contributed to this report.

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