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American, Southwest airlines begin Afghanistan evacuation efforts Monday
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American and Southwest airlines deployed some of their fleet Monday to aid in the U.S.-led evacuation of Americans, at-risk Afghans and others from Kabul.
American is allocating three of its wide-body aircraft to "military bases and other secure transit points on the Arabian Peninsula and in Europe" to help with the accelerate the evacuation before month's end, an airlines spokesperson told FOX Business.
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American says it will work to "minimize the impact to customers" while some of its aircraft are moved to help the U.S. military's "humanitarian and diplomatic rescue mission"
"This is a challenging time and, like always, we are stronger when we come together around a common purpose and work together for the greater good," American Airlines CEO Doug Parker wrote on Instagram Sunday.
Meanwhile, Southwest will operate four flights Monday and "anticipates operating the same amount on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week," a Southwest Airlines spokesperson told FOX Business.