April 18, 2010 / 5:16 PM / 8 years ago

United, American cancel many flights to and from Europe

CHICAGO (Reuters) - United Airlines, a unit of UAL Corp canceled 56 flights to and from Europe on Sunday and American Airlines canceled 60, spokespersons for the two airlines said.

American Airlines Boeing 767-300 stands on tarmac in Reykjavik Keflavik International Airport April 13, 2010. REUTERS/Bjorn Malmquist

“Unfortunately, the developments are not good for our customers trying to get to and from Europe. The ash plume has now affected travel to and from Barcelona and Rome. We’ve been able to fly to and from these cities until today,” American Airlines spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said.

“This is the third day that American has had to cancel most of its European flights. We have canceled 60 flights to and from Europe for today.

“As far as financial impact, it’s too early to tell. But with that said, it’s never good for an airline — or its customers — when you cannot fly your schedule for several days — especially international routes,” Huguely said. American is a unit of AMR Corp.

United Airlines spokeswoman Robin Urbanski said the airline canceled 56 flights on Sunday in and out of Europe.

Reporting by Kyle Peterson, editing by Jackie Frank

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