Greater than 7,800 US flights had been delayed Friday — together with 45% of JetBlue’s operations and nearly a 3rd of United, American Airways and Southwest’s operations. Delta additionally noticed 1 / 4 of its operations delayed.
Delays have eased up Saturday, nonetheless, with a minimum of 3,475 flights delayed in the USA and 611 cancellations. Delays had been concentrated in New York-area airports, in line with FlightAware information.
To date this 12 months, US airways have canceled 3.5% of flights, up 42% over 2019, in line with Division of Transportation information.
The TSA mentioned it screened 2,490,490 passengers on Friday, greater than the variety of passengers screened on that day in 2019, when 2,184,253 flew throughout the pre-pandemic vacation.
Bernie Sanders mentioned that he needs the DoT to nice airways as much as $27,500 per passenger for delays.
“US airways at all times attempt to supply a seamless journey expertise and are making each effort — together with trimming schedules — to assist guarantee easy journey,” Airways for America (A4A), an business group representing main US air carriers, mentioned in an announcement after a name with the FAA Thursday to make plans for any climate disruptions over the lengthy weekend.
Off-duty Delta pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Affiliation, picketed on the provider’s hubs on Thursday to protest the gradual progress of contract negotiations. They’re demanding enhancements in pay, retirement and job protections — in addition to adjustments to pilot schedules to keep away from disruptions brought on by “preventable administration missteps.”
CNN’s Pete Muntean and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.