Flight cancellations pile up on the busy Memorial Day weekend
ATLANTA (AP) — Hundreds of flights around the world were canceled by mid-afternoon on Sunday, adding to the growing number of flights taken off during the busy Memorial Day weekend in the United States.
More than 1,260 flights have been canceled as of 2:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware. This came after more than 2,300 cancellations on Friday and 1,500 on Saturday.
The more than 350 cases canceled on Sunday included planes scheduled to fly to and from US cities.
Delta Air Lines canceled most flights between major US airlines, with more than 250 flights, or 9% of its operations, canceled on Saturday. More than 150 Delta flights had been canceled by mid-afternoon on Sunday, according to FlightAware.
Atlanta-based Delta said in an email to The Associated Press that Saturday’s cancellations were due to bad weather and “air traffic control measures,” noting that it is trying to cancel flights at least 24 hours before Memorial Day weekend. .
Delta announced on its website Thursday that from July 1 to August 7, it will reduce service by about 100 daily flights, primarily in parts of the United States and Latin America that Delta serves frequently.
“More than at any time in our history, the various factors currently affecting our operations — weather and air traffic control, vendor personnel, increased COVID case rates contributing to higher-than-planned unscheduled absences in some workgroups — are leading to a process that is leading to a process,” Alison Abend said. , Delta’s Chief Customer Experience Officer, said in a post: “It does not consistently meet the standards that Delta has set for the industry in recent years.”
Airlines and tourist destinations are expecting huge crowds this summer as travel restrictions ease and pandemic fatigue overcomes the persistent fear of contracting COVID-19 while travelling.
Many forecasters believe that the number of travelers will match or even exceed pre-pandemic levels. However, airlines have thousands of fewer employees than they did in 2019, and this has, at times, contributed to widespread flight cancellations.
People who only book for summer travel are suffering from sticker shock.
Domestic airfares for the summer average more than $400 a round trip, 24% higher than this time in 2019, before the pandemic, and 45% higher than last year, according to travel data company Huber.