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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A screen showing cancelled flights is seen at Los Angeles International Airport as more than 1,400 American Airlines flights over the weekend have been canceled due to staff shortages and unfavorable weather in Los Angeles, California, U.S., O

(Reuters) – American Airlines (NASDAQ:) Inc said it canceled 262 additional flights on Monday, pushing the total number of cancellations since Friday to 2,211, as it grapples with staffing shortages and unfavorable weather.

The U.S. carrier said Monday’s cancellations were about 5% of its total flights planned, as of 7.30 am ET.

Severe winds at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Texas have reduced American’s arrival capacity by more than half, with the inclement weather also impacting the airline’s staffing, American had said over the weekend.

The company, however, hoped some of that impact could be mitigated with nearly 1,800 flight attendants returning from leave starting Monday.

“We expect considerable improvement beginning today with some residual impact from the weekend,” company spokeswoman Sarah Jantz said in a statement.

Unions representing American Airlines pilots and flight attendants did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comment.

Staffing shortages have hit American Airlines, Southwest Airlines (NYSE:) Co and Spirit Airlines (NYSE:) Inc in particular, as they ramp up flights ahead of the holiday season but face problems finding enough pilots and flight attendants.

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