Thousands Of Flights Cancelled This Holiday Weekend

American Airlines plane - thousands of flights have been cancelled this holiday weekend.
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Thousands of flights cancelled or delayed this holiday weekend as FlightAware reports 1,417 cancelled flights today alone.

From the New York Times:

As of Saturday night, nearly 650 flights in the United States had been canceled and more than 5,200 flights within, into or out of the country had been delayed, according to the flight tracking website FlightAware.

FlightAware data showed that the three airports in the United States most affected by cancellations and delays on Saturday were Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Kennedy Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport in the New York area.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the top cause of the flight delays and cancellations was weather conditions followed by travel demand.

I know I’m a bit simple and uneducated about how all this works, but after months and months of ‘cancelled flights’ bad news, why are the airlines even scheduling so many flight? Why not just schedule what your current staffing levels can handle?

Adding to concerns:  A glitch in an American Airlines platform for trading flights allowed pilots to drop thousands of trips throughout July on Friday, the airline’s pilots’ union told CNBC on Saturday.

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The Transportation Security Administration reported its busiest travel day on Friday since February 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic.

This was the report from Good Morning America on Saturday: