Flight cancellations: Memorial Day travelers face 1,200-plus Sunday – USA TODAY
The Memorial Day weekend is going to be chaotic for Americans traveling by air. Almost 4,800 flights have been canceled since Friday, and 1,500 more are scheduled for Sunday morning, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.
Almost 4,800 flights have been canceled in the U.S. since Friday, mostly on Delta Air Lines, which blamed bad weather and air traffic control actions on Friday for the cancellations.
Hundreds of flights worldwide were canceled by Sunday afternoon, adding to the 2,300 cancellations that occurred over the Memorial Day holiday weekend in the U.S.
Delta Air Lines suffered the most, with more than 250 flights canceled on Saturday.
Delta announced Thursday that it would cut 100 daily flights ahead of Memorial Day weekend due to weather and air traffic control issues, vendor staffing issues, and higher-than-planned absences in some work groups. The airline also said it would issue travel waivers for those affected by bad weather in the Southeast and Northeast this weekend.
Airlines and tourist destinations are anticipating monster crowds this summer as travel restrictions ease and pandemic fatigue overcomes lingering fear of contracting COVID-19 during travel. However, airline employees are scarce, and fares are high.
Forecasters believe that the number of travelers will match or even surpass pre-pandemic levels this summer, but airlines have thousands fewer employees than they did in 2019, contributing to widespread flight cancellations.
Find out more about this dramatic increase in flight cancellations at the following news sources:
- Flight cancellations: Memorial Day travelers face 1,200-plus Sunday USA TODAY
- Flight cancellations pile up on busy Memorial Day weekend Yahoo! Voices
- 1,000 more flights canceled Sunday, disrupting the holiday weekend CNN
- 1,500 more flights canceled Sunday, disrupting the holiday weekend KMBC Kansas City
- Gasoline hits record high during Memorial Day weekend Fox Business
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