Flights Cancellations and Delays Snarl Travel During Busy Holiday Weekend

Flights Cancellations and Delays Snarl Travel During Busy Holiday Weekend

Thousands of flights were cancelled or delayed over the busy Juneteenth and Father’s Day holiday weekend.

More than 840 flights were cancelled by midafternoon Sunday, with over 3,100 delayed, according to the flight tracking platform FlightAware.

That was an improvement over Saturday, when more than 6,400 flights to, from or around the U.S. were delayed, according to FlightAware. Another 860 were cancelled. 

New York’s three area airports, LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy International and Newark Liberty International, had among the most domestic delays and cancellations Sunday, along with Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta and Logan Airport in Boston, according to FlightAware.

Last month, U.S. airlines were forced to cancel hundreds of flights over Memorial Day weekend as a combination of severe weather and staffing challenges disrupted travel, grounding thousands of travelers.

Many airlines have had to reduce their flying plans for the summer in an effort to avoid widespread disruptions as demand increases amid chronic understaffing.

Delta Air Lines Inc.

,

United Airlines Holdings Inc.


UAL 4.31%

and

American Airlines Group Inc.


AAL 6.41%

topped the delay and cancellation list among domestic carriers on Sunday, according to FlightAware. On Saturday,

Southwest Airlines Co.


LUV 1.86%

also struggled to stay on schedule, FlightAware said.

Airlines have said they are expecting record travel this summer. Transportation Secretary

Pete Buttigieg

met virtually with airline executives on Thursday and pressed for assurances the industry would be ready for the July 4 holiday and the following two months of peak demand. 

The number of people flying Friday and Saturday nearly equaled the number who flew on the same days in 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, according to data from the Transportation Security Administration. 

Approximately 2.4 million people passed through a TSA airport checkpoint on Friday, compared with about 2.8 million in 2019. 

On Saturday, about 2.2 million people hit a TSA checkpoint compared with 2.4 million in 2019, the TSA said. 

Travel on both days was significantly lower in 2020 and again in 2021, the data show, reflecting the height of the pandemic. 

Write to Ginger Adams Otis at Ginger.AdamsOtis@wsj.com

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