NEW YORK (AP) — Airline vacationers aren’t solely dealing with sticker shock this Memorial Day weekend, the kickoff to the summer season journey season. They’re additionally coping with a pileup of flight cancellations.
More than 1,200 flights have been canceled as of two p.m EDT Saturday, based on flight monitoring web site FlightAware. That adopted greater than 2,300 cancellations on Friday.
Delta Air Lines suffered essentially the most amongst U.S. airways, with greater than 240 flights, or 9% of its operations, eradicated on Saturday. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, the place Delta relies and has its largest hub, was closely affected by the journey delays. On Saturday, 5% of the flights there have been cancelled, whereas 7% have been delayed.
Delta famous in an electronic mail to The Associated Press that Saturday’s cancellations have been as a result of dangerous climate and “air traffic control actions,” noting it is attempting to cancel flights at the very least 24 hours upfront this Memorial Day weekend.
Delta introduced on its web site on Thursday that from July 1 to Aug. 7, it might scale back service by about 100 every day departures, primarily in components of the U.S. and Latin America that Delta often serves.
“More than any time in our history, the various factors currently impacting our operation – weather and air traffic control, vendor staffing, increased COVID case rates contributing to higher-than-planned unscheduled absences in some work groups – are resulting in an operation that isn’t consistently up to the standards Delta has set for the industry in recent years,” stated Delta’s Chief Customer Experience Officer Allison Ausband in a put up.
Airlines and vacationer locations are anticipating monster crowds this summer season as journey restrictions ease and pandemic fatigue overcomes lingering worry of contracting COVID-19 throughout journey.
Many forecasters consider the variety of vacationers will match and even surpass ranges within the good-old, pre-pandemic days. However, airways have hundreds fewer staff than they did in 2019, and that has at occasions contributed to widespread flight cancellations.
People who’re solely now reserving journey for the summer season are experiencing the sticker shock.
Domestic airline fares for summer season are averaging greater than $400 for a spherical journey, 24% larger than this time in 2019, earlier than the pandemic, and a sturdy 45% larger than a yr in the past, based on travel-data agency Hopper.
AP Airlines author David Koenig in Dallas contributed to this report.