On Saturday, thousands of flights in the US were delayed or cancelled, according to flight tracking statistics.
After thunderstorms pummelling major airports on the East Coast on Thursday, one of the worst days for flight cancellations in the previous six weeks, Saturday marked the third day of significant travel cancellations.
US Airlines flight cancellations due to bad weather
As a result of personnel issues, bad weather, and air traffic control holdups, this summer’s travel season has been rife with flight cancellations and delays.
At least 636 flights into, within, or out of the United States had been cancelled as of Saturday night, while an additional 5,921 domestic flights had been delayed.
According to the flight tracking website, Newark Liberty International and Chicago Midway International Airports had the most flights cancelled out of all US airports.
According to the reports, American Airlines had 4 per cent of its Saturday flights cancelled and 24 per cent of them delayed.
United had 4% of its flights cancelled and 23% of its flights delayed, and Delta had 2% of its flights cancelled and 22% of its flights delayed.
There were also delays on Saturday for 36% of Southwest flights and 41% of JetBlue flights.
Southwest Airlines told on Saturday
“we continue to work through a range of weather-related problems this weekend across the country.To deliver our customers to their destinations as swiftly and safely as possible, our personnel are working.”
The other domestic carriers have been contacted for comment regarding the cancellations and delays on Saturday.
The US Department of Transportation on Wednesday recommended broadening the circumstances under which airline passengers are eligible for reimbursements in response to the rush of flight cancellations and a deluge of complaints from travellers.
Since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, the government claimed it has received a deluge of complaints from airline passengers wanting refunds.
Following a private meeting with airline CEOs in June, when Pete Buttigieg urged them to improve the summer travel schedules that have been plagued by tens of thousands of cancellations, the suggested refund policies were announced.
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