FARGO — Hector International Airport staff is staying on their toes as American Airlines is canceling flights across the nation.
As of Monday, June 21, the airline has canceled nearly 500 flights since Friday because of staffing and maintenance issues, according to the airline, which plans to cancel 50 to 80 flights per day until mid-July.
Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of the Fargo Municipal Airport Authority, said while the cancellations haven't affected flights out of Hector so far, he's confident he has enough staff on hand in case they do.
"It's a massive amount of work that each of the carriers will do as they go through and make flight adjustments year-round, whether it's weather-related or just a change in schedules," he said.
While this only affects American Airlines flights so far, Dobberstein said he's also keeping an eye on Delta Airlines, Allegiant Air and United Airlines flights to see if the same problem arises.
"This situation right now is American is dealing with it, and we hope that the other carriers are avoiding this, but time will tell," he said. "(The) labor shortage is pretty significant."
Cancellations haven't affected Grand Forks International Airport because it is serviced only by Delta and Allegiant.