Hundreds of flights on major US airlines have been delayed ahead of the Labor Day holiday.
according to FlightAware cancellation trackerOn Saturday, more than 3,600 flights within, within or outside the United States were postponed, as well as 145 cancellations.
Expect more delays and cancellations throughout the weekend. As of Sunday morning, about 300 flights within, within or outside the United States have already been postponed in addition to dozens of cancellations.
The delays come as the American Automobile Association expects about 32% of Americans to commute this Labor Day weekend.
The union expects this to be the most Labor Day travel weekend in three years, as it reaches pre-pandemic status, according to Fox Weather.
After months of frustrating cancellations and delays, the Department of Transportation announced Thursday that it has launched a dashboard for airline customer service, bringing “significant changes” from all but one of the 10 major US airlines.
“Passengers deserve transparency and clarity about what to expect from an airline when there is a cancellation or disruption,” Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg said in a statement. “This dashboard collects information in one place so that travelers can easily understand their rights, compare airline practices and make informed decisions.”
He pledged that “the ministry will continue to support passengers and hold airlines responsible for complying with customers’ obligations.”
Previous summer cancellations were blamed on staff shortages, particularly among airline pilots.
While federal officials have blamed the airlines’ staffing shortage, airlines have pointed to staffing problems at the FAA.
The rate of cancellations is up by about a third from the same time in 2019.
The rate of delayed flights increased by nearly a quarter.
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