600 US flights cancelled, thousands delayed amid July 4 travel rush

More than 3,700 domestic flights were delayed and more than 600 canceled as the 4th of July weekend began, continuing the worrying trend of congested airport services.

According to airline tracking service, there were 3,765 delays on US flights – including domestic and international – and 612 cancellations as of Saturday night. That’s almost triple the daily average of 210 scrapped flights.

At LaGuardia Airport, 39 – or 11% – of flights scheduled out of the Queens hub were canceled and 64 – or 18% – were delayed. The metro area’s other two main airports, JFK in Queens and Newark Liberty International, also experienced similar problems.

The lack of service rivaled a day earlier when more than 4,900 flight delays and nearly 500 cancellations were reported domestically on Friday night.

At least 48 million people are expected to take to the streets over the bank holiday weekend, including 3.5 million planning to fly, as airlines have struggled to keep up with the rapid post-pandemic summer travel boom.

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At least 3.5 million people are expected to fly this bank holiday weekend.
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The number of pilots and flight attendants available, along with sky-high fuel costs – which hit a national average of $4.82 a gallon on Friday – are likely to cause disruptions, experts say.

Meanwhile, Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg was ripped on Twitter on Saturday after posting tips on how best to decide whether to receive cash refunds or offset points for future travel when flights are cancelled.

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More than 3,700 domestic flights were delayed.
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“It’s almost like you’re not the head of the agency that could actually do something,” @skipwiley11 quipped.

Another reviewer, @MelMEsq, said: “Thanks for the tip, but we could really use your help with this supply chain crisis, Pete. My newborn grandson cannot eat.” 600 US flights cancelled, thousands delayed amid July 4 travel rush


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