Colorado Springs, Colorado 2022-05-30 12:37:26 –
Hundreds of flights around the world were canceled by Sunday night, increasing the number of flights scrubbed on the busy Memorial Day holiday weekend in the United States.
According to FlightAware, the flight tracking website, about 1,460 flights were canceled as of Sunday at 7 pm EDT. After that, more than 2,300 cancellations were made on Friday, and another 1,500 cancellations were made on Saturday.
Nearly 450 of Sunday’s cancellations involved aircraft scheduled to fly to and from US cities.
Delta has canceled the most flights of any major US airline, with more than 250 flights, or 9% of flights, closed on Saturday. According to FlightAware, 160 Delta Air Lines were canceled by Sunday night.
Saturday’s cancellation was due to bad weather and “air traffic control measures,” Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines said in an email to the Associated Press that it was trying to cancel the flight at least 24 hours before Memorial Day weekend. Stated.
On Thursday, Delta announced that it would reduce about 100 daily flights from July 1st to August 7th, primarily in parts of the United States and Latin America, where Delta operates frequently.
“In our history, various factors currently affecting our operations (weather and air traffic control, vendor staffing, unplanned absenteeism higher than planned in some working groups) Increasing the COVID case rate that contributes) has not consistently reached the standards set by Delta in the industry in recent years. “
Airlines and tourist destinations expect a large number of people to gather this summer as travel restrictions are relaxed and pandemic fatigue overcomes the protracted fear of being infected with COVID-19 while traveling.
Many forecasters believe that the number of travelers will be comparable to or above pre-pandemic levels. However, airlines have thousands less employees than in 2019, which may contribute to widespread flight cancellations.
Those who just book a summer trip are experiencing a sticker shock.
According to travel data company Hopper, domestic airfare in the summer averages over $ 400 round trips, 24% higher than this time in 2019 before the pandemic and 45% higher than a year ago.
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Additional reporting via Associated Press.
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