An American Airlines aircraft lands at Miami International Airport in Miami, Florida on June 16, 2021.
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American Airlines said it flew 2.7 million people over the July 4th holiday weekend, nearly three times as many as last year, as customers continue to travel.
The airline operated more than 26,000 long-distance and regional flights, more than double its capacity a year ago, American chief operating officer David Seymour said in a statement to employees.
American has not provided a comparison with July 2019 before the pandemic began, but fewer travelers passed US airports nationwide compared to two years ago.
The Transportation Security Administration screened 10 million people in the first five days of July, a decrease of about 17% from the 12.2 million people who passed airport security in the same period two years ago.
American increased its flight schedules faster than the competition United Airlines and Delta Airlines. Last month, American announced that it had increased its flight schedule for the first half of July by about 1%, about 1,000 flights Avoid interference due to weather and lack of staff.
The airlines made efforts to increase staff in response to an increase in travel demand. Southwest Airlines, for example flight attendants, ground operations agents and other employees pay twice Taking shifts over the weekend, CNBC reported last week.
American has hired 300 customer operations people at its Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport hub, “and we are continuing that effort across the board,” said COO Seymour.
The weekend started with Hundreds of cancellations and delays as thunderstorms passed through the United States.