Wanderlust ran straight into a wall of frustration from thousands of would-be travelers on Memorial Day as nearly 4,700 flights were canceled over the first two and a half days of the holiday weekend.
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Update 12:30 p.m. EDT May 29: Another on Sunday at 11:30 am EDT According to flight tracking website FlightAware, 1,030 flights have been cancelled. There were more than 2,300 cancellations on Friday and another 1,500 on Saturday.
According to The Associated Press, more than 250 of Sunday’s cancellations involved planes scheduled to fly to or from US cities.
Delta Air Lines canceled the most flights among major US airlines, with more than 250 flights canceled on Saturday. More than 140 Delta flights have been canceled as of midday Sunday, FlightAware said.
Saturday’s cancellations were due to inclement weather and “air traffic control actions,” Atlanta Delta officials said in an email to the AP.
Original report: According to flight-tracking website FlightAware, nearly 1,400 flights were canceled across the country as of 4 p.m. EDT Saturday, a day after poor weather and a host of operational problems grounded more than 2,300 flights across the country.
Among U.S. airlines, Delta Air Lines bore the brunt of the cancellations, with 245 canceled flights, or about 9% of the airline’s operations.
Meanwhile, at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, where Delta is headquartered and operates its largest hub, 5% of all flights were canceled and 7% were delayed, The Associated Press reported.
In an email to AP, Delta officials attributed Saturday’s disruptions to a combination of bad weather and “air traffic control measures,” noting that the airline is trying to cancel flights during the holiday weekend with at least 24 hours notice.
The cancellations come two days after Delta announced on its website that it would reduce service by about 100 daily departures between July 1 and August 7.
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“More than at any time in our history, the various factors currently impacting our operations – weather and air traffic control, vendor staffing, increased COVID case rates contributing to more than planned unplanned absences in some workgroups – are leading to an operation , which does not consistently meet the standards that Delta has set for the industry over the past few years,” said Allison Ausband, Delta’s chief customer experience officer, in the post.
According to the AP, airlines have thousands fewer employees than in 2019, which at times has contributed to widespread flight cancellations.
— The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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