American Airlines cancels flights due to cyberattack

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American Airlines cancels flights due to cyberattack

As a result of the cyberattack that forced the shutdown of a vital American pipeline earlier this week, American Airlines has added stops on some of its long-haul routes to refuel their planes.

The carrier said that two daily long-haul flights out of Charlotte, North Carolina, were impacted on the East Coast due to the fuel shortage.

The airline says however that the impact is minimal compared to its overall flight schedule.

One of American's flights from Charlotte to Dallas Fort Worth, which is normally a direct flight, will stop at Honolulu so that customers can change aircraft.

The other route in Boston, from Charlotte to London, will stop in Charlotte to receive additional fuel.

In a statement, American told FOX Business that we are monitoring the situation closely and working around the clock to ensure that we have adequate fuel across our network, American said.According to the carrier, however, flights will resume normal operation on 15 May.

As a consequence of the cyberattack, American is the first airline to adjust its schedule.

The United Airlines told FOX Business that the company is working with airports to understand the situation but their operations remained unaffected at this time.Delta also said that it's not experiencing any impact on its operations at present.

The pipeline, operated by Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline, charges gasoline and other fuel from Texas to Northeast.According to the company, it has consumed approximately 45% of the fuel on the East Coast.

It was hit by what Colonial called a ransomware attack in which hackers typically snoop into computer systems by encrypting data, paralyzing networks, and then demand a large ransom to unscramble it.

On Sunday, Colonial Pipeline announced that it was actively in the process of restoring some of its IT infrastructures.It says that it remains in contact with laws enforcement and other federal agencies, including the Department of Energy which is the federal response.

However, President Joseph Blount of Colonial Pipeline warned officials to be prepared for possible fuel shortages as a result of the halt of operations.

As of Monday, gas stations were already reporting shortages on the pipeline.

Patrick De Haan, an oil and refined product analyst tweeted that Virginia was reporting 5% of stations without gasoline and rising.

Bradford Betz and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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