Flight cancellations increase during Memorial Day weekend in US

More than 5000 flights were cancelled during the Memorial Day weekend holiday due to a number of factors

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The problem of flight cancellations has not seemed to slow down as hundreds of flights were cancelled across the globe which added to the scrubbed flights during the Memorial Day holiday weekend in the United States. As per a flight tracking website, about 1,460 flights were cancelled on May 29, 2022. This happened after more than 2,300 flights were cancelled on May 27 and more than 1,500 were cancelled on May 28, 2022.

Reports say that Delta Airlines had cancelled majority of its flights that marked more than 250 of its flights or 9 percent of its operations. The flight tracking website mentioned that the airline cancelled more than 160 flights on May 29, 2022. The cancellations that were made on Saturday were mostly due to the bad weather and actions taken by the air traffic control. Delta said that it is trying to cancel the flights at least 24 hours in advance of the Memorial Day Weekend. The airline, while talking to a leading daily, assured that 90 percent of its customers who faced a cancelled flight on May 29, 2022 were rebooked on the flight later the same day.

Delta on its website also announced that from July 1 to August 7, 2022 it would reduce bring down its service by 100 everyday departures in some of the parts of the United States and Latin America where it flies frequently. Allison Ausband, the Chief Customer Experience Officer at Delta in a post said that a number of factors are currently impacting their operations and it includes weather, vendor staffing, increased COVID cases, air traffic control actions, higher than planned unscheduled absences in certain work groups and more. Ausband added that due to these factors, the airline is not able to efficiently keep up its standards.

A number of airlines and tourist destinations are expecting bigger crowds as the restrictions ease post pandemic. Many also believe that the number of travellers might surpass the levels seen during pre-pandemic days.

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