Not only are airline passengers facing sticker shock this Memorial Day weekend, the start of the summer travel season. They are also dealing with a plethora of flight cancellations.
More than 1,200 flights were canceled as of 2 p.m. EST Saturday, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. This was followed by more than 2,300 cancellations on Friday.
Delta Air Lines suffered the most among US airlines, with more than 240 flights, or 9% of its operations, ending Saturday. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, where Delta is located and its largest hub, was hit hard by travel delays. On Saturday, 5 percent of the flights there were canceled, while 7 percent were delayed.
Delta noted in an email to the Associated Press that Saturday’s cancellation was due to bad weather and “air traffic control actions,” noting that it was trying to cancel flights at least 24 hours before this Memorial Day weekend. Used to be.
Delta announced on its website on Thursday that from July 1 to August 7, it will reduce service by about 100 daily departures, primarily in the US and parts of Latin America where Delta frequently serves.
“More than at any time in our history, various factors currently affecting our operations – weather and air traffic control, vendor staffing, planned unscheduled absences in certain work groups contributed to increased COVID case rates “In recent years, Delta has consistently failed to meet the standards set for the industry,” Delta’s Chief Customer Experience Officer Alison Osband said in a post.
Airlines and tourist destinations are anticipating monster crowds this summer as travel restrictions are eased and the fear of contracting COVID-19 while travelling wears off pandemic fatigue.
Many forecasters believe passenger numbers will match or even exceed levels in the good-old, pre-pandemic days. However, airlines have thousands of fewer employees than in 2019, and this has at times contributed to widespread flight cancellations.
People who are booking travel only for the summer right now are experiencing sticker shock.
According to travel-data firm Hopper, domestic airline fares for the summer average more than $400 for a round trip, 24% higher than this time in 2019, and 45% higher than a year ago .