Flight cancellations kick off Memorial Day weekend

More than 1,000 flights were canceled as of Saturday morning, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware, after 2,300 cancellations on Friday.
delta airlines (DAL) it is the hardest hit by cancellations, with more than 230 flights, or 8% of its operations, scrapped on Saturday. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, where Delta is headquartered and has its largest hub, is hit hard by travel inconveniences.

The airline blamed Saturday’s cancellations on bad weather and “air traffic control actions” on Friday, and said it is trying to cancel flights at least 24 hours in advance.

United canceled 23 flights and JetBlue canceled 10 on Saturday, about 1% of the airlines’ operations.

On Thursday, Delta announced that it would reduce its summer flight schedule before Memorial Day weekend. From July 1 to August 7, the airline said, it would eliminate around 100 daily flights mainly in the US and Latin America.

“More than at any other time in our history, the various factors currently impacting our operation — air traffic and weather control, vendor staffing, rising rates of COVID cases contributing to more unscheduled absences — higher than planned in some workgroups) are resulting in an operation that is not consistently up to the standards that Delta has set for the industry over the past few years,” said Allison Ausband, Director of Customer Experience, in an online publication.

Airlines will also preemptively cancel nearly 200 flights on Monday. Delta has removed 75 so far.

Delta said in its post that it will issue travel waivers for those affected by severe weather in the Southeast and Northeast this weekend. the affected the airports, which include the New York City and Washington, DC areas, are listed on the company’s website.

Delta said it expected about 2.5 million customers over the holiday weekend, a quarter increase from last year. AAA estimated that 3 million Americans flew by air over Memorial Day weekend.

Separately, JetBlue said it would cut 8% to 10% of its daylight saving time.” Alaska Airlines cut its schedule by about 2% through June to match “pilot capacity.”

— CNN’s Marnie Hunter contributed to this report.

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