More than 7,000 flights worldwide have been canceled over Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day holiday weekend proves a messy one for many airlines, with carriers canceling thousands of flights worldwide, including hundreds in the U.S. on Monday.

On Monday, 1,634 flights were canceled as of 11:52 p.m. ET, according to the FlightAware flight tracking website. That followed about 1,640 cancellations on Sunday, 1,500 on Saturday and 2,300 on Friday. More than 400 of Monday’s cancellations involved planes planning to fly to or from U.S. cities.

Delta Air Lines canceled most flights among major U.S. airlines, canceling 133 flights on Monday, or 4% of its operations, according to FlightAware. The carrier was forced to cancel more than 400 flights on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday’s cancellations were due to bad weather and “air traffic control actions,” Atlanta-based Delta said in an email to The Associated Press, noting that it was attempting to cancel flights at least 24 hours prior to Memorial Day weekend. cancel. Delta told CBS News that “about 90%” of its customers who had a canceled flight on Sunday were rebooked on a flight “later in the day.”

Delta announced Thursday on its website that from July 1st to Aug. 7, would reduce service by about 100 daily departures, especially in parts of the U.S. and Latin America that Delta often serves.

“More than any moment in our history, the various factors that are currently influencing our operation – weather and air traffic control, staff turnover, increased COVID case rates contributing to higher than planned unplanned absences in some workgroups – result in an operation that is inconsistent with the standards that Delta has set for the industry in recent years, “said Delta’s Chief Customer Experience Officer Allison Ausband in a post.

Among other US carriers, American Airlines had canceled 121 flights on Monday afternoon, or 3% of its operations, according to FlightAware.

Flight Cancellations Memorial Day Weekend
Passengers in the queue go through the northern security check at the main terminal of Denver International Airport, Thursday, May 26, 2022, in Denver.

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Airlines and tourist destinations are anticipate monster crowds This summer, as travel restrictions become easier and pandemic fatigue overcomes persistent fears of contracting COVID-19 while traveling.

Many forecasters believe that the number of travelers corresponding to or even levels will exceed in the good-old, pre-pandemic days. However, airlines have thousands fewer employees than in 2019, and this has sometimes contributed to widespread cancellations of flights.

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People who are just now booking travel for the summer are experiencing the sticker shock,

Domestic airlines’ rates for summer are averaging more than $ 400 for a round trip, 24% higher than this time in 2019, for the pandemic, and a robust 45% higher than a year ago, according to travel data company Hopper.

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Internationally, rates are also up from 2019, but only 10%. Prices to Europe are about 5% cheaper than for the pandemic – $ 868 for the average round trip, according to Hopper. Keyes said Europe is the best travel bargain. This is due in part to the concerns of some travelers about traveling to the region due to Russia’s war in Ukraine, which means that Western Europe is currently a marketplace, according to to Peter Greenberg of CBS News.

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