Airlines Extend Flight Cancelations Into the Summer Due to Boeing 737 MAX 8 Grounding
The effects of last month’s Ethiopian Airlines crash and last year’s Lion Air crash are ongoing, as the three U.S.-based airlines with Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets – American, Southwest, and United – ground the planes on order from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
American Airlines announced on Sunday that the airline is extending its cancelation of all Boeing 737 MAX 8 flights through August 19. The move will result in around 115 daily flight cancelations during one of the industry’s busiest travel seasons. However, American does see an end in sight.
“Based upon our ongoing work with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Boeing, we are highly confident that the MAX will be recertified prior to this time,” American said in a statement.
American’s announcement comes after Southwest Airlines removed their 34 Max jets from the flight schedule through August 5.
The grounding of the 737 MAX 8 has had the least impact on United Airlines, The Points Guy reported. United has removed the jet from its schedule through June 5, but has not cancelled any flights due to the grounding. The Points Guy quoted the airline as saying that their “large and diverse fleet enables us to respond quickly and minimize the impact to our customers.”
Travelers should, as always, confirm their flight status with their airline if they are concerned about possible delays or cancelations. Many airlines are waiving change fees and even fare differences for travelers who need to change their flight because of the aircraft grounding.