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American Airlines cutting capacity

American Airlines is trying to recover from a recent increase in flight cancellations and delays.

Associated Press

American Airlines is trying to recover from a recent increase in flight cancellations and delays.

FORT WORTH — American Airlines says it will cut passenger-carrying capacity by 1 percent in the first half of November as it tries to recover from widespread delays and a spike in cancellations.

American said Thursday that the pullback will give it more time to return to normal operations without affecting holiday travel.

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Delays and cancellations soared in September, which American blamed on a work slowdown by some pilots. The pilots union denied the charge.

Although American has boosted its on-time arrivals from September’s 59-percent mark, flight-tracking service FlightStats.com says American still trailed other large US airlines in delays on Wednesday.

American cut capacity in September and October by up to 2 percent. Airlines reduce capacity by eliminating flights or using smaller planes.

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