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AMR Cancellations Top 1,900 as Hail Disruptions Persist

April 5 (Bloomberg) -- American Airlines and regional partner American Eagle will scrap almost 300 more flights tomorrow as plane inspections and repairs drag into a fourth day after a hailstorm at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

The 296 planned cancellations will push the total to more than 1,900 since a weather system spun off several tornadoes that raked the Dallas area about noon on April 3. Some flights are being added in other markets to move stranded passengers, Andrea Huguely, a spokeswoman, said today by e-mail.

“It will be several more days” before flight schedules to and from D/FW return to normal, Huguely said earlier in an interview. “It really depends on what the damage is to the aircraft, how much repair has to be done.”

Tomorrow’s cancellations underscored the scope of the disruptions from hail at D/FW airport, which is American’s largest hub. Huguely said 55 planes remain out of service, down from 101 earlier in the week, after some sustained “fairly significant damage” from hail.

Cancellations today totaled 323, Huguely said. American, the third-biggest U.S. airline, and Eagle are units of Fort Worth-based AMR Corp.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mary Schlangenstein in Dallas at maryc.s@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Ed Dufner at edufner@bloomberg.net

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