Extreme Heat Causes American Airlines to Cancel 50 Flights to Phoenix

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American Airlines has announced that they’ve cancelled over 50 flights to/from Phoenix today and tomorrow due to the extreme heat the city is facing! The flights that are being canceled are all operated by American Eagle on their CRJ’s, which have a maximum temperature limit to operate of 118 degrees.

The Arizona Republic reports,

At least 50 American Airlines flights were canceled until the weather cools off just a bit in Phoenix, the company said in an email.

The airline said 43 American Eagle regional flights scheduled for Tuesday were canceled because the Bombardier CRJ aircraft — the plane used to fly the routes — is only certified to operate in a maximum temperature of 118 degrees.

The majority of these flights were scheduled in the afternoon when temperatures peak, so if you’re flying early in the morning or late in the evening on a regional jet to Phoenix you should be unaffected. Also, if you’re on a mainline aircraft they can operate in higher temperatures, so you won’t see any cancellations there.

The flights were operated by either Mesa Airlines or SkyWest Airlines.

Passengers affected by the cancellations can either request a new flight at no charge or a full refund by contacting American Airlines customer service at 800-433-7300.

Bottom Line

It’s hard to believe that Phoenix is already having temperatures approaching 120 degrees in June. If you’re planning to head there this summer or other warm cities, this is a good reminder that you’ll want to avoid booking on a regional jet since they can’t operate in the extreme heat.

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  1. The question begs to be answered, Where are they using their 757 aircraft. The 757 was designed to best deal with high temperatures.

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