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Spirit, American Cancel Hundreds of Flights for a Second Day

  • Spirit grounds 55% as weather, staffing challenges add up
  • American’s scheduling issues are ‘unacceptable,’ union says
Travelers at the American Airlines departure desks at Miami International Airport on Aug. 2.
Travelers at the American Airlines departure desks at Miami International Airport on Aug. 2.Photographer: Daniel Slim/AFP/Getty Images
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American Airlines Group Inc. and Spirit Airlines Inc. canceled nearly 700 more flights Tuesday, stranding thousands of passengers and stoking concerns that crew shortages are adding to problems that initially were caused by weather and technology issues.

American canceled 305 flights, or 10% of its schedule, after grounding 563 on Monday, according to FlightAware.com. The scrubbed service followed a weekend of storms that hit the carrier’s Dallas-Fort Worth International and Miami International hubs. Spirit parked 380 flights Tuesday -- equivalent to 55% of its schedule -- following 334 Monday, hit by weather and other challenges.