Travel Chaos Compounds Airlines’ Cost Problem

Leaving the pandemic behind is going to cost airlines more than they thought.

American Airlines was forced to scrub over 1,900 flights last weekend, due to a combination of wind gusts and staffing problems, echoing two previous episodes involving Spirit Airlines and Southwest Airlines . The risk of further travel chaos is part of the reason why, during this latest earnings season, all major U.S. carriers scaled back their ambitions for the next quarter and the first half of 2022.