American Drops 800 March Flights at PHL, But Is Still Ahead From a Year Ago

Philadelphia Airport worker walking toward an American Airlines jet.
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The prolonged effects of COVID-19 on the airline industry have led to 800 flights being canceled in March at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) by American Airlines Group, writes Connor Penegar for Philadelphia Business Journal.

Even so, American is still offering 1,791 more flights at PHL this March than it did a year earlier.

The Philadelphia Airport March cancellations are among 10,621 domestic flights the airline is dropping nationally, about 6.7% of its flights.

The fast-changing conditions of COVID-19 have upended travel patterns, supply chains and labor markets.

As of Jan. 10, American Airlines had 6,272 March flights scheduled out of PHL, down from 7,105 flights scheduled as of Jan. 3. PHL serves as American’s Northeast hub.

American is the largest carrier at PHL. It saw 10.4 million passengers boarded from January 2021 through October 2021.

PHL CEO Chellie Cameron noted that as a whole, PHL’s March schedule has 40% more flights and nearly 60% more seats than a year ago.

“While the recent flight reductions demonstrate the impact Covid-19 continues to have on the aviation industry, we continue to see positive momentum moving into the busy spring break and summer travel seasons,” Cameron said in a statement.

Read more at Philadelphia Business Journal about American Airlines flight cuts in March.