Passengers face flight delays, cancellations for the 4th day

Passengers face flight delays, cancellations for the 4th day

(NewsNation) – Passengers celebrating Father’s Day and June 16 – a double holiday weekend – continue to face flight cancellations and delays for the fourth day in a row.

As of 13:00 Eastern European Time on Sunday, airlines canceled 2,237 flights and delayed more than 10,000 flights, according to the FlightAvara tracking service. Nearly 800 of the weekly cancellations and 2,000 delays were related to planes that were supposed to fly to or from American cities.

The airports with the most cancellations on Sunday include Atlanta International Airport, John F. Kennedy in New York, Boston Logan International Airport and Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina.

On Saturday, airlines canceled a total of 2,744 flights and delayed 18,171 flights. According to FlightAvare, more than 800 canceled flights and 6,334 delayed flights were inside, in or outside the United States.

On Friday, TSA officials inspected 2.4 million people at airport security checkpoints across the country, according to agency spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein.

In a tweet, Farbstein said: “It was the largest volume of checkpoints since November 28, 2021, which was the week after Thanksgiving.” Farbstein attributed the busy day of travel to the beginning of the “Eleventh Holiday Weekend.”

Traffic Secretary Pete Buttigieg met with airline leaders to question them about widespread flight disruptions after his own flight was canceled and he ended up flying from Washington to New York.

“It’s happening to a lot of people, and that’s why we’re paying a lot of attention here to what can be done and how to make sure airlines deliver,” Buttigieg told the Associated Press.

Butigieg held a virtual meeting with airline executives to discuss steps the airlines are taking to operate smoothly during the holidays of July 4th and the rest of the flight, as well as to improve the accommodation of passengers who get stuck when flights are canceled.

Buttigieg said that he encourages airlines to test their summer schedules to ensure that they can perform all their planned flights with the employees they have and to add more workers for customer support.

Buttigieg said his department could take action against airlines that do not meet consumer protection standards. But first, he said, he wants to see if there are major flight disruptions during the holiday weekend of July 4th and the rest of the flight.

When the problem with the cancellation for the weekend started, the airlines blamed the bad weather conditions and the Federal Aviation Administration, a branch of the Department of Transport that manages the country’s airspace. Airlines have also acknowledged staff shortages as travel has returned faster than expected due to the pandemic crashes. Airlines are struggling to hire pilots and other workers to replace employees they encouraged to resign after the pandemic struck.

So far in June, more than 2.2 million passengers a day have passed through security checkpoints at U.S. airports. That is 22% more than a year ago, although it is still less than 13% compared to the same period before the pandemic.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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