Millions of Passengers Face Flight Delays and Cancellations This Weekend

By Kurt Stolz on 4 June 2022
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A runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport

If you’ve been trying to get on a flight in the past few days and couldn’t, you weren’t alone. Flight cancellations into, out of, or within the United States are continuing into the weekend, affecting millions of passengers and American Airlines, the world’s largest carrier, has posted more delays and cancellations than any other airline.

On Saturday alone, airlines have posted 1,550 delays on U.S. flights as of 1 p.m.  EDT, with 584 cancellations, according to FlightAware, which tracks such information.  The total number of cancellations since Thursday stands at over 6,300, with over 14,500 delays.

This makes getting rebooked on another flight a greater challenge than usual.

Since Thursday, American Airlines has led the pack with a total of 2,017 delays and 873 delays.   On Friday alone, it posted 1,184 delays and 250 cancellations, comprising 43% of its flying.  It showed some improvement Saturday with 348 delays and 138 cancellations, representing 14% of total flying,

On Friday, there were 841 cancellations and a whopping 6,896 delays on U.S. flights.

American led on Friday as well as with 1,184 delays and 250 cancellations, some 43% of its Friday total.  Delta was in second place for delays and cancellations Friday with 508 and 109, respectively, some 20% of its schedule for the day.

United on Friday posted 704 delays and 70 cancellations, comprising 32% of its schedule.

Airlines posted over 1,600 cancellations Thursday along with an additional 6,000 delays.

American Airlines also led on Thursday with 485 cancellations and 886 delayed flights, followed by United Airlines with 164 cancellations and 673 delays.  Meanwhile, Southwest Airlines cancelled 141 and delayed 801.

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