Memorial Day travel weekend sees 1,000 additional cancellations on Sunday

Nearly 4,800 US flights have been canceled since Friday, with another 1,100 on Sunday morning, according to the flight-tracking website. FlightAware.
Delta Airlines (DA) Hardest hit by the cancellations, with more than 400 flights canceled on Saturdays and Sundays. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, where Delta is headquartered and has its largest hub, is severely affected by travel obstacles.

The carrier blamed Saturday’s cancellation on bad weather and Friday’s “air traffic control measures,” saying it was trying to cancel flights at least 24 hours in advance.

United canceled 23 flights on Saturday and JetBlue canceled 10 flights, representing about 1% of the carriers’ operations

On Thursday, Delta announced that it will be reducing its summer flight schedule before Memorial Day weekend. From July 1 to August 7, the airline said it will cut about 100 daily flights primarily in the United States and Latin America.

“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 consistently understaffed operation. to the standards that Delta has set for the industry in recent years,” Chief Customer Experience Officer Alison Ugend said in an online post.

The airlines also proactively canceled 230 flights on Monday. Delta 53 cut so far.

Delta said in its letter that it will issue travel waivers to those affected by bad weather in the Southeast and Northeast this weekend. The The worst affected airports, which include New York City and the Washington, D.C. areas, are included in the company website.

Delta said it expects about 2.5 million passengers to travel over the Memorial Day weekend — a 25% increase from last year. AAA estimated that 3 million Americans will travel by air over the weekend.

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Separately, JetBlue said it will cut 8% to 10% of its summer schedule. Alaska Airlines cut its schedule by about 2% through June to match “pilot capacity.”

CNN’s Marnie Hunter contributed to this report.

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