Flight cancellations drop after the rough start of Memorial Day weekend

A Delta Airlines commercial aircraft approaches to land at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California, January 18, 2022.

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Flight disruptions continued on Sunday, but eased from the rocky start to Memorial Day weekend, a test for carriers as they prepare for a busy summer travel season after more than two years of the Covid pandemic.

Delta Airlines Saturday brought cancellations, disruptions attributed to bad weather and “air traffic control actions”. Hundreds of flights operated by Republic Airways, United airlines, JetBlue Airways Other American Airlines they were also delayed on Saturday.

Delta canceled 254 mainline flights, or 9 percent of its Saturday schedule, and 530 were delayed, nearly a fifth of its schedule, according to flight tracking site FlightAware. On Sunday, that number dropped to 143 cancellations, or 5%, and 116, or 4%, delayed.

Delta said 87% of customers were rebooked on flights that departed within approximately 11 hours of the original time.

The Atlanta-based carrier last week said it would cut his schedule of 100 flights a day between 1 July and 7 August, about 2%, to give themselves more room to maneuver to manage disruptions.

Other carriers, including Alaska Airlines, JetBlue Airways Other Spirit Airlines Like this reduced hours to better manage disruptions such as bad weather and staff shortages.

Getting the right balance is critical for carriers like bookings have increased recently despite air fares that have surpassed pre-pandemic levels.