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American Airlines warns travelers planes could be grounded due to extreme heat

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TUCSON (KVOA) -- The excessive heat in the forecast Monday could force travelers flying in and out of Phoenix Sky Harbor to change their flight plans or cancel them altogether, according to one airline company.

American Airlines sent customers a warning to inform them about potential heat related cancellations. The airlines is also giving customers, at no additional charge, a chance to change their flights between 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. during the hottest part of the day.

The National Weather Service is reporting temperatures in Phoenix could reach 120 degrees Monday.

Ross Feinstein, American Airlines Senior Manager said the aircraft operated by regional partners out of Sky Harbor can safely handle temps of up to 118 degrees.  
"We want to make sure that they get to their destination on time, and we know that there might be some impact to our flight operations, so the earlier the better for us," said Feinstein.

According to 4WARN Meteorologist Jeff Beamish, Tucson is expected to reach 114 degrees, one degree shy of a record high 115 set just one year ago.

Already Monday morning, American Airlines flight 5896 from Tucson to Phoenix Sky Harbor was cancelled. The cause for the cancellation has not yet been announced.   

To change your flight, you can contact American Airlines reservations at 1-800-433-7300.

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