Airlines Cancel, Delay Over 11,000 Weekend Flights Amidst Spring Break Travel

By Kurt Stolz on 3 April 2022
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Pilot walkouts, computer crashes, severe weather.  It was a good weekend to stay home as U.S. airlines canceled or delayed over 15,000 flights during a time when many people were traveling for spring break.

A combination of all three resulted in 6,041 delays on flights within, departing from, or arriving in the United States on Saturday as well as 1,933 cancelations.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, airlines had delayed or canceled 7,457 additional flights, bringing the total to over 11,000.

Alaska Airlines canceled dozens of flights over the past three days as off-duty pilots picketed at major airports after contract negotiations hit an impasse following almost three years of negotiations.

More than 120 West Coast flights were canceled as a result.

Southwest, the nation’s largest domestic carriers, said it had canceled 520 flights, or 14% of its operation, on Saturday and has already canceled 460 on Sunday as it tried to recover from what it termed “intermittent technology issues” early Saturday.

Even those lucky enough to eventually take off had to experience delays of multiple hours.

“My flight was supposed to leave at 2 p.m. and then it was 4… 5 … 6… 7.” one flyer who didn’t wish to be identified, as she was attempting to get from San Jose to Los Angeles, told Frequent Business Traveler and The Travelist.

“We offer our heartfelt apologies for any inconvenience, and we will continue to work with Customers who experience a disruption in their travel plans,” Southwest said in a tweet.

Southwest and other airlines including JetBlue Airways and American Airlines had to contend with severe weather that caused hundreds of delays and cancelations across their respective networks.

[Editor’s Note: This story was updated early Monday morning to reflect the total number of delays and cancellations on Sunday.]

(Photo: Accura Media Group)


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