Airlines Across The Country Cancel Thousands Of Flights Amid Summer Travel

While many people across the United States prepare for summer travel, flights are being canceled by the thousands. According to CBS News, airlines canceled “numerous” flights on Friday, just as they did Thursday, due to severe weather.

On Friday, “airlines had scrubbed more than 1,000 flights after canceling more than 1,700 on Thursday,” the site reports. Airports with the most cancellations include Charlotte, LaGuardia, Newark, and Regan, an airport outside of Washington, DC.

According to CBS, American Airlines had the biggest number of cancellations with 261. Delta “scrubbed” 203 trips and United “scrapped 92 trips.”

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Curtis Blessing, spokesman for American Airlines says cancellations were mostly weather-related:

The vast majority of that is weather-related.

Blessing also said weather in Miami is also contributing for cancellations on Friday.

CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg said:

The real problem wasn’t just the flights that were canceled. The real problem was connecting flights. Because if the first flight was delayed, that’s where people had real problems. They missed their connecting flights. There were no other options. They were stranded.

Pete Buttigieg, Transportation Secretary, held a virtual press conference with CEOs of each airline to ensure that this doesn’t happen on July 4th. They also discussed a better way to communicate with passengers who have canceled flights.

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Most recently, over 2,500 trips were canceled across airlines in the U.S. during Memorial Day Weekend, and again, bad weather was to blame, in addition to a pilot shortage.

In total, over 2.2 million have checked in with TSA in June, which is a 13% decline compared to the year before.

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