American Airlines blames severe weather, staffing shortages for thousands of canceled flights

Most canceled flights affected DFW

DALLAS - Frustration is growing after American Airlines canceled 2,000 flights over the weekend, stranding thousands of passengers across the country.

The airline started canceling the flights Friday and said severe weather in Texas and staffing shortages were to blame.

And according to FOX 4, about half of those cancellations occurred Sunday. Most of which affected Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.

Roughly 35 percent of the airline's flights were canceled Sunday. Many passengers spent the weekend at airports, with most not knowing when, or if, they will be able to travel.

American Airlines Chief Operating Officer David Seymour issued a statement and said strong winds in the DFW area on Thursday were to blame for many of the cancelations. 

And because of that, crews couldn’t get to where they needed to be.

Now the airline is playing catch up.

FOX Business Reporter Jeff Flock told FOX Weather that about 300 flights have already been canceled Monday morning.

Long lines have been reported at Philadelphia International Airport and Charlotte Douglas International Airport as passengers try and book themselves on other flights, but Flock said the lines aren't nearly as long as they were over the weekend.

Passengers are urged to check the status of their flights before heading to the airport in case of any delays or cancelations.