August should mean that the summer of travel chaos is almost behind us. But after another weekend saw thousands of delayed or canceled flights across the country, it looks like airlines may be preparing for issues to extend into the fall, as American became the latest airline to trim its fall schedule.
In an effort to get ahead of potential issues, American trimmed a modest 2% of its September flights and 4.6% of its October flights. Last month, United trimmed a small number of flights from its fall schedule, removing Flagstaff, AZ and Texarkana, AK from its flight network completely.
While the number of preemptive cuts is small as of now, it’s a trend worth watching if you’ve got fall or winter plans on the horizon. Especially after the Department of Transportation recently proposed a rule that would require airlines to issue refunds on domestic flights delayed more than 3 hours.