The New York Post reported:
“Nearly 830 flights had been canceled across the United States at the time of Monday evening in the wake of rain and wind that covered areas of the northeast, although cancellations on a large scale were announced early in the morning,” according to the tracking website FlightAware.
Nearly one in five flights (17 percent) departing from Newark Liberty International Airport were canceled before dinnertime, and LaGuardia Airport was reporting 37 percent of scheduled flights being delayed. There were 32 flights — of which 4 percent were canceled in JFK Airport, with 181 (26 percent) delayed.
In the hundreds of flights that were canceled and thousands delayed across the nation, over 200 are run through Delta and 120 operated by United according to flight tracking data. American Airlines had canceled 60 flights by 9:45 a.m.
The staggering cancellation numbers occur as y the American Automobile Association (AAA) forecasts at least 3.5 millions Americans will travel during the weekend of the 4th of July.
The figure is the lowest percentage of tourists to fly on July 4th since 2011, AAA said.
The airlines blame the cancellations on airline and pilot shortages and the inadequate air traffic controllers on the ground. In a statement, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stated that:
When they purchase tickets for flights, they will be able to get where they want to go quickly, safely as well as affordably. After receiving $54 billion of aid to combat pandemics and protect airlines from massive layoffs and bankruptcy, the American citizens deserve to see their expectations fulfilled.
An Orlando-based website covered Delta Airlines, which cited the weather and absence of employees as the main reasons for cancellations.
“Delta teams continue to safely manage through compounding factors affecting our operation this weekend, including higher-than-planned unscheduled absences in some of our work groups, weather, and air traffic control constraints,” an Delta Airlines spokesperson stated. “Canceling a flight is always our last resort, and we sincerely apologize to our customers for any disruption to their travel plans.”
Nadine Constabile flew Delta from Orlando the previous Monday. She is a pilot for another airline, and she said that the entire industry suffers from staff shortages.
“It affects a lot of people,” Constabile declared. “If I do not show up for work, I won't be able to take the plane. It's pretty much the way it operates.”
Orlando International Airport officials said travel would be at pre-pandemic standards for the holiday of the Fourth of July in accordance with the Orlando report.