More than 1,000 flights were canceled as of Saturday morning, up from 2,300 cancellations on Friday, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.
Delta Air Lines has been hardest hit by the cancellations, with more than 230 flights or 8% of its operations canceled on Saturday. Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, where Delta has its headquarters and largest hub, has been badly hit by the travel woes.
The airline blamed bad weather and “air traffic control actions” on Friday for Saturday’s cancellations and said it was trying to cancel flights at least 24 hours in advance.
United canceled 23 flights and JetBlue canceled 10 Saturdays, about 1% of airline operations
On Thursday, Delta announced it would be cutting its summer flight schedule ahead of Memorial Day weekend. From July 1 to August 7, the airline said it would cancel around 100 daily flights mostly in the United States and Latin America.
United Airlines canceled the couple’s flight and then charged $4,000 more for comparable seats
“More than at any time in our history, the various factors currently impacting our operations – weather and air traffic control, provider staffing, increased COVID case rates contributing to more than planned unplanned absences in some workgroups – are leading to operations that does not consistently meet the standards that Delta has set for the industry over the past several years,” Chief Customer Experience Officer Allison Ausband said in an online post.
The airlines are also preemptively canceling almost 200 flights on Monday. Delta has canceled 75 so far.
Delta said in its post that it will issue travel waivers this weekend for those impacted by inclement weather in the Southeast and Northeast. The affected airports, which include the New York City and Washington, DC areas, are listed on the company’s website.
Delta said it expects around 2.5 million customers during the holiday weekend — up a quarter from last year. AAA estimated that 3 million Americans flew by plane over Memorial Day weekend.
Separately, JetBlue said it would cut 8% to 10% of its summer schedule.” Alaska Airlines reduced its schedule by about 2% through June to match “pilot capacity.”
– CNN’s Marnie Hunter contributed to this report.
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