Globally, over 5,000 flights have been cancelled as of 11 a.m. EDT Sunday, including 231 that won’t operate on Monday, and approximately one-third were within, flying into, or departing the United States.
Delta Air Lines had the most cancellations and delays of any airline: Some 254 flights were cancelled on Saturday, representing 9% of its total planned operations that day, while 529, representing 19% of operations, were delayed.
On Sunday, Delta’s cancellations as of 11 a.m. were 5%, or 147 flights, with 129 cancellations.
In a statement, the Atlanta-based airline said that the delays and cancellations were due to poor weather and air-traffic control actions.
Other major carriers in the United States, including American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, and United Airlines, were largely spared in this most recent bout of weather-related delays.
Separately, the carrier announced on Thursday that it would take preemptive action and reduce its schedule by some 100 daily departures in the period July 1 through August 7, in order to ensure high levels of service, citing rising Covid cases among staff and weather issues, among other reasons.
“More than any time in our history, the various factors currently impacting our operation – weather and air traffic control, vendor staffing, increased Covid case rates contributing to higher-than-planned unscheduled absences in some work groups – are resulting in an operation that isn’t consistently up to the standards Delta has set for the industry in recent years,” said the airline’s chief customer experience officer, Allison Ausband, in a social media post.
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