Flight Delays and Cancellations Leave Millions of Passengers Stranded Over Bank Holiday Weekend

By Paul Riegler on 18 June 2022
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Just when travelers thought the skies couldn’t become more unfriendly, airlines were forced to delay or cancel over 15,000 flights due to a series of severe storms and staffing issues, leaving airlines scrambling to recover as travelers trying to enjoy a three-day weekend holiday were left stranded.

Since Thursday, airlines have cancelled over 3,700 flights operating within the United States or into or out of the country, including 234 that had been scheduled for Sunday.  The number of delays is in excess of 12,000 over the same period.

There were 1,327 cancellations on Thursday, 1,473 on Friday, 701 on Saturday, and already 234 into Sunday as of 1 p.m. EDT Saturday.  Meanwhile, flight delays on Saturday were 2,274 and almost just under 9,000 on Friday.

Airports that experienced the most flight cancellations and delays were John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia in New York City, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and Boston Logan International Airport.

Nationwide, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines posted the most cancellations.

The situation came two weeks after airlines were forced to delay and cancel a similar number of flights over the Memorial Day weekend holiday.

Airline executives met with Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg on Thursday to discuss how to prevent additional widespread delays and cancellations over the coming July 4 holiday period.

The secretary implored airlines to take steps to be in a position to reliably operate their schedules during the holiday, according to multiple media reports.

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