Travelers face 4th day of flight cancellations and delays


(NewsNation) – Travelers celebrating Father’s Day and June 16 – a double holiday weekend – continue to face flight cancellations and delays for a fourth straight day.

As of 1 p.m. ET Sunday, airlines have canceled 2,196 flights and delayed more than 10,000 flights, according to tracking service FlightAware. Nearly 800 of Sunday’s cancellations and 2,000 of the delays were for planes scheduled to fly to or from US cities.

Airports with the most cancellations on Sunday include Atlanta International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Logan International Airport in Boston and Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina.

On Saturday, airlines canceled a total of 2,744 flights and delayed 18,171 flights. According to FlightAware, 859 canceled flights and 6,334 delayed flights were within, to or from the United States.

As of Friday, TSA agents screened 2,438,784 people at airport security checkpoints nationwide, according to TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein.

In a tweet, Farbstein said, “This was the highest checkpoint volume since November 28, 2021, which was the Sunday after Thanksgiving.” Farbstein attributed the busy travel day to the start of the “June 19 holiday weekend.”

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg met with airline executives to ask about widespread flight disruptions after his own flight was canceled and he ended up driving from Washington to New York.

“It happens to a lot of people, and that’s exactly why we’re paying close attention to what can be done and how to make sure the airlines are delivering,” Buttigieg told The Associated Press.

Buttigieg held a virtual meeting with airline CEOs to review the steps airlines are taking to operate smoothly during the July 4 holiday and the rest of the summer, and to improve accommodations for stranded passengers when flights are cancelled.

Buttigieg said he was pushing airlines to test their summer schedules to ensure they could operate all of their scheduled flights with the employees they had and to add customer service employees.

Buttigieg said his department could take enforcement action against airlines that fail to meet consumer protection standards. But first, he said, he wants to see if there are any major flight disruptions over the July 4 holiday weekend and the rest of the summer.

Airlines canceled more than 1,500 flights in the United States on Thursday, one of the worst days yet for travel as the peak summer vacation season heats up.

Airlines blame bad weather and the Federal Aviation Administration, a branch of the Department of Transportation that manages the country’s airspace, for the recent disruptions. In a letter to senators, Airlines for America business group chief Nicholas Calio checked off a long list of FAA delays and personnel issues over the holiday weekend.

So far in June, more than 2.2 million travelers a day on average have passed through security checkpoints at US airports. That’s up 22% from a year ago, but still down 13% from the same period before the pandemic.

The Family Destinations Guide has shared some tips for easing travel woes amid a potential ‘flightmare’.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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