Hundreds of flights were delayed on major US airlines ahead of the Labor Day holiday.
According to cancellation tracker FlightAware, more than 3,600 flights were delayed within, to or from the United States on Saturday, along with 145 cancellations.
Expect more delays and cancellations throughout the weekend. As of Sunday morning, around 300 flights within, to or from the United States have already been delayed along with dozens of cancellations.
The delays come as the American Automobile Association predicts about 32% of Americans will travel this Labor Day weekend.
The federation predicts it will be the busiest Labor Day travel weekend in three years, reaching pre-pandemic status, according to Fox Weather.
After months of frustrating cancellations and delays, the Department for Transport announced on Thursday that it had launched an airline customer service dashboard, prompting ‘meaningful changes’ from all the top ten airlines American airlines except one.
“Passengers deserve transparency and clarity about what to expect from an airline in the event of a cancellation or disruption,” Transportation Sec said. Pete Buttigieg said in a statement. “This dashboard collects this information in one place so travelers can easily understand their rights, compare airline practices, and make informed decisions.”
“The Department will continue to support passengers and hold airlines accountable for meeting their obligations to their customers,” he pledged.
Previous summer cancellations have been blamed on staff shortages, particularly among airline pilots.
While federal officials blamed airline understaffing, airlines reported personnel issues to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The cancellation rate increased by about a third compared to the same period in 2019.
The rate of delayed flights has increased by almost a quarter.