Fourth of July Weekend Airmageddon: More Than 10,000 Flights Delayed, Hundreds Canceled – Transportation Sec. Buttigieg Silent
More than 10,000 flights were delayed and nearly 1,000 were canceled total this holiday weekend.
Approximately 20% of the flights were delayed and 2.8% were canceled – a staggering number of cancelations and delays due to staffing shortages yet Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg remains silent.
Here’s the breakdown of canceled and delayed flights for the entire Fourth of July weekend:
More than 300 flights were canceled across the US by Thursday evening as the airline industry prepared for July 4 “Airmageddon.”
An additional 900 flights were delayed and more than 200 were canceled as of Sunday afternoon.
CNBC reported on Monday’s cancelations:
U.S. airline delays eased on Monday as weather improved, a relief for travelers and airlines as the July Fourth holiday weekend comes to an end.
As of Monday afternoon, about 1,200 U.S. flights were delayed and 183 were canceled, down from nearly 4,700 delays and more than 300 cancellations a day earlier, according to flight-tracking site FlightAware.
This year through July 3, 2.8% of the more than 4.1 million flights scheduled by U.S. airlines were canceled, up from 2.1% of the more than 4.74 million flights scheduled in the same period, according to FlightAware. And so far this year, 20.2% of flights were delayed, up from 16.7%.
about a fifth of U.S. airlines’ flights were delayed and 2.8% canceled, up from 2.1% canceled over the same period of 2019.
Buttigieg issued a weak response on Saturday and hasn’t said a word about Airmageddon since.
Pete Buttigieg attacked the private airline industry.
Instead of actually solving the ongoing problem plaguing the US airline industry, Pete Buttigieg told disgruntled travelers they are entitled to a prompt refund if their flight gets canceled.
For example, my connecting flight got canceled last night. At first, the airline offered 2500 miles, which I estimate is worth about 30 bucks.
But I claimed the refund for the canceled portion instead, and it worked out to be $112.07.
— Secretary Pete Buttigieg (@SecretaryPete) July 2, 2022