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Flying to Phoenix this week? American will let you change your flight for free

In this file photo, American Airlines airplanes taxi along at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
In this file photo, American Airlines airplanes taxi along at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

If you’re flying to or from Phoenix early this week, you may want to consider changing your travel plans.

American Airlines sent a statement to its customers over the weekend warning of a heat wave, which is expected to impact flights departing from or arriving in Phoenix between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. local time on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The airline, which operates its second-busiest hub at Charlotte Douglas International Airport with around 650 daily flights, is offering American flyers the option to change their plans without a fee.

“If you are scheduled to arrive and/or depart Phoenix during this time period, we recommend you change to an earlier or later flight, or connect via a different city, in order to avoid any disruption in your travel plans,” the statement reads.

The airline, however, doesn’t expect flights in Charlotte to be affected, as the 120-degree heat should mostly influence smaller regional planes leaving Phoenix, American Airlines spokesperson Katie Cody said Monday.

Customers may change their flights by contacting reservations at (800) 433-7300.

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Matt Kaminer: 704-358-5258, @MattKaminer

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