American Airlines cancelled 1,094 flights, or nearly half its schedule, yesterday to reinspect aircraft, a disruption that affected about 100,000 passengers and triggered chaos at the busiest U.S. airports.
The airline said it expects more than 900 cancellations today.
The disruption at the No. 1 U.S. domestic airline, a unit of AMR Corp., follows 460 cancellations Tuesday and hundreds of cancellations two weeks ago. The March disruption was for the same reason as this week’s problem — to ensure compliance with a Federal Aviation Administration safety directive on wiring inspections for MD-80 aircraft.
Delta Air Lines Inc. cancelled about two dozen flights yesterday and Alaska Airlines, 14, to address the same situation on their MD-80s.