More Than 3000 U.S. Flights Cancelled

Thursday saw 1,759 canceled flights and 8,833 delays, according to statistics from the flight-tracking website Flight Aware. Forty percent of flights at New York’s Laguardia Airport were canceled and another forty percent were delayed due to the travel nightmare. Similar disruptions occurred at Newark Liberty International in New Jersey, where 40% of flights were delayed and 28% were canceled. Another 41% of aircraft departed Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina suffering delays.

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Thursday, KENS5 journalist Natassia Henry tweeted that there was a “crazy scene at LaGuardia.”

“Never made it out LaGuardia …. After being in the airport for almost 8 hours my flight was canceled,” one traveler posted. “I feel so bad that I couldn’t go visit my mom.”

According to FlightAware, 1,365 flights were canceled on Friday evening, continuing Thursday’s problems. At 19 percent, LaGuardia had the highest domestic airport cancellation rate, while 25 percent of flights were delayed. 33% of flights were delayed at Charlotte Douglas, while 28% were delayed at Newark International.

Sean Cudahy, a reporter for the travel website The Points Guy, reported that a trip from New York City to North Carolina was delayed by four canceled flights:

More on this story via Breitbart:

Widespread pilot staffing issues throughout the industry are impacting operations, the Associated Press reported, adding that Thursday’s sweeping cancellations “happened as airline CEOs held a virtual meeting with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.” Citing an anonymous source familiar with the meeting, the AP wrote that Buttigieg “pushed airlines to examine whether they can handle the schedules that they have published.” 

In April, CNBC reported it obtained an email to JetBlue employees from the company’s Chief Operating Officer and President Jennifer Geraghty announcing employees can expect capacity reductions throughout the summer.

“We’ve already reduced May capacity 8-10% and you can expect to see a similar size capacity pull for the remainder of the summer,” Geraghty’s email reportedly said.

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The airline later publicly stated that it was “staffing constrained” even though it hired “more than 3,000 new crew-members” up to that point in 2022, per a statement obtained by NBC News.

The more than 3,000 cancellations between Thursday and Friday eclipsed numbers from Memorial Day weekend, which saw extensive cancellations. Over the holiday weekend, upwards of 2,500 flights were called off, Breitbart News noted, citing Reuters.