American Airlines flights from Wilmington International Airport won’t feel the strain of the adjustments the commercial airline is making to its mid-summer schedules amid a surge of summer travel and labor shortages.
“American’s proactive schedule reductions are not expected to impact flights from Wilmington International Airport,” Andrew Trull, a spokesman for American Airlines, said Wednesday.
"The adjustments we’re making systemwide account for about 1% of our daily operation through the first-half of July—or roughly 72 of our 5,674 average daily departures," Trull wrote in an email.
American Airlines, however, has not currently made schedule adjustments beyond mid-July, he said.
"I won't say we could make additional adjustments, but at this time we don't have any plans," Trull said.
This week, American Airlines canceled hundreds of flights, the ripple effects reaching the international airports in Charlotte and Raleigh. Severe weather also canceled American Airlines flights in Charlotte this month.
ILM has been recovering flights and passengers following a lull in travel that started last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While travelers through the airport have not yet reached pre-pandemic levels, the airport overall has seen passenger figures pick up this year.
Major airlines have added back routes
that were halted due to the pandemic. American Airlines in May added back to ILM its nonstop flight to Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD), and Delta Air Lines' nonstop flight to LaGuardia Airport (LGA) returned that month.
“Over the past month, American has ramped up quickly to meet the surge in demand for air travel this summer. Compounding this, we’ve seen unprecedented weather at our major hubs this summer," officials said in a statement about the airline's flight reductions. "As a result, we’re building in additional resilience and certainty to our operation by adjusting some of our scheduled flying through mid-July. We made these changes with the goal of impacting the fewest number of customers by adjusting flights in markets where we have multiple options to rebook on other flights."