- Thousands of airline passengers in the United States experienced flight disruptions this weekend.
- According to FlightAware, major US airlines canceled or postponed more than 10,000 flights combined on Saturday and Sunday.
- The disruptions are largely due to bad weather, but technical problems also played a role.
Thousands of US air passengers got into trouble at the airport this weekend as major airlines experienced massive disruptions to their flight schedules.
According to flight-tracking website FlightAware, 6,049 flights within, to or from the United States were delayed and 1,934 canceled on Saturday. As of Sunday afternoon, another 3,013 US flights were delayed and 1,517 were cancelled. The disruptions come amid the busy spring break travel season and as air travel recovers in response to the eased COVID-19 restrictions.
In total, more than 10,000 flights were delayed or canceled this weekend. Many interruptions were due to inclement weather, including thunderstorms, in Florida, while others were due to technical problems.
Airlines affected on Saturday included major U.S. carriers such as American, Southwest, United and Delta.
Southwest Airlines bore the brunt of the disruption. On Saturday, 44% of flights were delayed and 14% were cancelled.
“We have all hands on deck to get delayed customers and their luggage onto available flights, and we share additional guidance and a great deal of flexibility to make trip changes ourselves,” a company spokesman said in a statement.
Southwest apologized to customers on Saturday, saying the disruptions were due to “our service being briefly interrupted this morning as we worked to resolve an intermittent technology issue, as well as ongoing Florida weather challenges affecting multiple areas within.” affect our system”.
The company told Insiders that on Sunday it made 400 proactive cancellations that were made the previous day because planes and crews weren’t at their scheduled positions due to Saturday’s disruptions.
American Airlines saw 21% of its schedule delayed and 12% canceled on Saturday. A spokesman for American Airlines told Insiders in a statement Sunday that the company was “recovering from these disruptions.”
“Yesterday’s weather in and around Florida and the resulting ATC [air traffic control] Initiatives impacted our operations, with most northbound and southbound routes through and into Florida affected,” the spokesman said.
At United Airlines, 26% of Saturday flights were delayed and 2% were cancelled.
“Our operations were affected by the weather yesterday, particularly in Florida. We are working to get customers to their destinations as safely and quickly as possible,” a United Airlines spokesman said in a statement.
Delta Airlines delayed 22% of its flights on Saturday and canceled 8% of them. The company did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Low-cost airlines like JetBlue, Frontier and Spirit also experienced disruption over the weekend.