Tens of thousands of people across the US were forced to abruptly halt their Memorial Day weekend plans after weather disruptions and staffing problems forced airlines to cancel hundreds of flights and delay thousands more.
On Sunday, 403 flights within, into or out of the country before 6 p.m. EST were canceled after more than 550 were canceled on Saturday, according to flight tracking site Flight Aware. At least 102 flights planned for Monday had already been canceled by Sunday evening.
Some 3,077 flights were delayed on Sunday, up from 5,204 on Saturday.
“I will never take JetBlue again! I’ll walk before I fly JetBlue!” Mussawir Sadiqi, a Buffalo-based architect, told the Post while trying to kill time at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The 32-year-old was supposed to be on vacation in Istanbul with his fiancée by Sunday.
But his flight from Buffalo to JFK was delayed Friday night and he missed his connection to Turkey despite sprinting through the airport’s terminals.
He hasn’t been able to find a hotel room to stay in while he waits. Worse, his required COVID-19 PCR test has expired.
“Thanks to Jetblue, I’ve now been in an airport for 48 hours without sleeping or taking a shower!” Sadiqi said.
“I called late last night, I said any room please?! They’re all full because of the delays,” he grumbled.
Sadiqi added: “I spend 3 days of my vacation at the airport and I am lucky to spend 4 days with [my fiancé] from my 9 day vacation!”
JetBlue did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Sadiqi wasn’t the only traveler stuck in limbo at Queens airport.
Sinan Aktas, a waiter from Paris trying to return to France, told the Post Delta Airlines did not inform him that his flight had been cancelled.
“I just wish Delta could have let me know they were going to cancel the first flight! My girlfriend’s parents gave me a two-hour drive to the airport for free,” he said.
Delta has acknowledged the disruptions, citing a number of issues disrupting summer travel plans.
“More than at any time in our history, the various factors currently impacting our operations – weather and air traffic control, vendor staffing, increased COVID case rates contributing to more than planned unplanned absences in some workgroups – are leading to an operation , which does not consistently meet the standards Delta has set for the industry over the past few years,” said Allison Ausband, the airline’s customer experience officer, in a press release.
The Federal Aviation Association is not canceling any flights, but notes in a statement that bad weather in summer often disrupts flight schedules.
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