Airlines Passengers, Pay Now Significantly More about airfares, it’s under pressure from numerous flight cancellations and delays as the 4th of July weekend approaches.
More than 1,600 flights in, out and across the United States have already been postponed as of noon ET, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.
Meanwhile, more than 730 flights have been completely canceled as of this afternoon ET. Delta and United Airlines were topping all other major US passenger carriers in total number of flight disruptions.
According to FlightAware, Delta had already canceled more than 200 flights by noon Monday while United had just over 120.
Travelers have already encountered hundreds of cancellations and delays over the weekend. There were more than 6,800 delays and more than 800 cancellations across the United States on Sunday.
“Delta teams communicate safely through management through Compounding factors that affect our operations, Including higher-than-planned unscheduled absences in some of our workgroups, and weather and air traffic control restrictions.”
Delta added that flight cancellation “is always a last resort, and we sincerely apologize to our customers for any disruption to their travel plans.”
Monday’s cancellations, according to Delta, were largely driven by weather conditions. The carrier said it preemptively posted a waiver on Sunday evening.
Meanwhile, American Airlines responded to a worried traveler on Twitter that thunderstorms had caused disturbances at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.
United representatives did not immediately respond to a FOX Business request for comment.
It’s a harsh reality for the record number of travelers arriving at airports across the country this summer for long-awaited flights.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has projected that passenger volumes this summer “will match and sometimes exceed those of 2019 for the first time since the pandemic began.”
On Monday, TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein tweeted that more than 2.46 million people were screened at airports across the country on Sunday. This was the largest number of checkpoints reported since February 11, 2020, when more than 2.5 million people were screened, according to Farbstein.
Airlines have already suffered from bad weather and a shortage of workers, especially pilots, which has led to widespread cancellations over Memorial Day weekend, which usually begins the summer travel season.
In a few days, more than 47 million people are expected to travel for Fourth of July weekend. About 3.55 million of those people are expected to travel from Friday through Monday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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