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    A wave of canceled flights continued Thursday as more than 2,000 flights were grounded nationwide, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. These flights follow a day of over 2,100 flights canceled Wednesday, as several international Florida-based airports remain closed, including Jacksonville International Airport. As of Thursday morning, nearly 900 flights for have already been canceled for Friday. More cancellations for Friday are expected to be announced as the day unfolds. Miami International and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airports have since opened, but are experiencing delays and some cancellations. It is not known when Jacksonville International will reopen, though it will not do so until airport staff ensures 'there's no damage and evacuated staff can get back safely,' according to a Good Morning America report. Each airport is currently working with travelers affected by the cancellations to rebook flights. Pictured: Delta Airlines workers cover check-in kiosks at Orlando International Airport, which is among several Florida airports that remain closed Thursday Over 2,100 flights were canceled Thursday as a result of Hurricane Ian, according to the Federal Aviation Administration More cancellations are expected...
    A travel expert has shared the ultimate travel hack that ensures you get the best seat on a plane - and reveals whether your so-called 'window' assignment is actually located next to a window rather than a wall.  The travel pro, who goes by @mamaxmilespoints, took to TikTok to show his followers how to get the most out of their trip by picking the best seat on the plane using a simple website.  In the video, which racked up over 1.1 million views, the travel advice specialist introduced his followers to Aerolopa.com, an online tool that helps frequent flyers snag the best seating location - whether they're flying first class, business class, or coach.  The travel advice specialist gave a tour of the website and captioned his video: 'New favorite tool to pick plane seats.'  One user, who goes by @mamaxmilespoints, took to TikTok to share then ultimate travel hack that helps frequent flyers pick the best seat on the plane In the video, the travel advice specialist introduced his followers to Aerolopa.com, an online tool that helps travelers pick...
    LaGuardia and Newark Liberty top the table of America's worst airports for flight cancelations, according to new data.  Forbes Advisor has compiled the figures from FlightAware which reveal that nearly 2,000 flights were canceled this week across 10 airports.  And the publication also revealed that by July of this year, more flights had been canceled than in the whole of 2021.  This week, 11.5 per cent of flights were canceled at LaGuardia airport, while Newark saw 10.2 per cent of journeys grounded.   It comes as Americans continue to face huge problems travelling across the US due to unprecedented post-pandemic demand and staff shortages.  Hundreds of flights have already been canceled and large queues have been photographed as Americans try and get away on summer breaks. Staff shortages also saw almost 1,300 Southwest Airline pilots line up outside the Dallas Love Field Airport as they protested in June and called for better treatment as they faced fatigue and stress caused by the issue.   The Flight Aware data reveals that as the Summer season continues, there appears to be no let up in...
    MORE than 1,000 flights were canceled and 3,700 were delayed by mid-afternoon on Friday — following the second-worst day for flying this month. Airlines canceled more than 1,100 flights for the second consecutive day, ruining tens of thousands of travelers' plans across the country. 4By midafternoon Friday, 3,700 flights were delayed — a number which grew to 5,846 in the evening, according to Flight AwareCredit: EPA 4Travelers are seen inside Boston Logan International airport earlier this yearCredit: WBZ The reason behind the travel disruptions is thunderstorms making their way along the East Coast, which prompted delays at John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport in New York, as well as Newark Liberty International in New Jersey, The Associated Press reports. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the average ground delay at JFK, as of Friday evening, was a minimum of 81 minutes due to thunderstorms and a maximum delay of 291 minutes. Delays were also reported at Boston Logan International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Meanwhile, American Airlines canceled over 200 flights, which account for six...
    Google has seen a 450% increase in searches for "expected flight delays tomorrow" over the past week as the airline industry faces widespread cancellations and delays. Searches for "which airlines are canceling flights" have also doubled in the past week through the July 4 holiday weekend, the company reported to Travel + Leisure. 2022 FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS HAVE ALREADY SURPASSED LAST YEAR'S TOTAL Other search trends show that travelers are increasingly concerned about why flights are overbooked and how they could be compensated if they are on an overbooked flight. The Transportation Security Administration said more than 11 million travelers were screened at airports across the United States from June 30 through and including July 4. Meanwhile, airlines canceled over 1,800 flights in or out of the United States, and over 22,000 more flights were delayed, according to Reuters. A pilot strike and other financial struggles prompted Scandinavian Airlines, or SAS, to cancel almost 70% of its flights on Friday, the outlet reported. Pilots are in talks with the company for a new collective bargaining...
    (CNN)The White House on Wednesday announced that President Joe Biden is nominating Phil Washington to lead the Federal Aviation Administration. If confirmed, he would be the first Black permanent administrator of the agency. Washington is currently the chief executive officer of the Denver International Airport -- the third busiest airport in the world.The FAA administrator position has been vacant since late March, when former President Donald Trump's appointee to the role, Steve Dickson, stepped down halfway through a five-year term. The FAA's current acting administrator, Billy Nolen, is also Black.Washington's prospective leadership at the FAA, the agency that regulates civilian aviation in the United States, comes as airlines have experienced immense strain resulting from a ramp up of domestic air travel this summer. Bad weather and staffing shortages across the airline industry have led to a rash of canceled flights throughout the summer holidays -- as American passengers have returned to travel in numbers nearing pre-pandemic levels. You may want to rethink your summer travel plans. Heres why.Tracking service FlightAware showed about 2,200 flights canceled between the Thursday and...
    The July Fourth holiday weekend is off to a booming start with airport crowds crushing the numbers seen in 2019, before the pandemic. Travelers seemed to be experiencing fewer delays and canceled flights Friday than they did earlier this week. READ MORE: 'It's Sad': Marylanders Lament Even Higher Gas Prices After State Tax HikeThe Transportation Security Administration screened more than 2.4 million travelers at airport checkpoints on Thursday, 17% more than on the same Friday before July Fourth in 2019. “We expect that (Friday) is going to be busy, of course, and then Sunday will be very busy,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske said on NBC’s “Today” show. AAA predicts that nearly 48 million people will travel at least 50 miles or more from home over the weekend, slightly fewer than in 2019. AAA says car travel will set a record even with the national average price for gasoline hovering near $5. Leisure travel has bounced back this year, and that means particularly big crowds over holidays. With many flights sold out over the July Fourth weekend, airlines will struggle to find seats for...
    The July Fourth holiday weekend is off to a booming start with airport crowds crushing the numbers seen in 2019, before the pandemic.Travelers seemed to be experiencing fewer delays and canceled flights early Friday than they did earlier this week.The Transportation Security Administration screened more than 2.4 million travelers at airport checkpoints on Thursday, 17% more than on the same Friday before July Fourth in 2019."We expect that (Friday) is going to be busy, of course, and then Sunday will be very busy," TSA Administrator David Pekoske said on NBC's "Today" show.AAA predicts that nearly 48 million people will travel at least 50 miles or more from home over the weekend, slightly fewer than in 2019. AAA says car travel will set a record even with the national average price for gasoline hovering near $5.Leisure travel has bounced back this year, offsetting weakness in business travel and international flying. Still, the total number of people flying has not recovered to pre-pandemic levels. TSA screened 11% fewer people in June than it did in the same month of 2019.Thursday marked the...
    The July Fourth holiday weekend is off to a booming start with airport crowds crushing the numbers seen in 2019, before the pandemic. Travelers seemed to be experiencing fewer delays and canceled flights early Friday than they did earlier this week. The Transportation Security Administration screened more than 2.4 million travelers at airport checkpoints on Thursday, 17% more than on the same Friday before July Fourth in 2019. “We expect that (Friday) is going to be busy, of course, and then Sunday will be very busy,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske said on NBC’s “Today” show. AAA predicts that nearly 48 million people will travel at least 50 miles or more from home over the weekend, slightly fewer than in 2019. AAA says car travel will set a record even with the national average price for gasoline hovering near $5. Leisure travel has bounced back this year, offsetting weakness in business travel and international flying. Still, the total number of people flying has not recovered to pre-pandemic levels. TSA screened 11% fewer people in June than it did in the same...
    REVELERS could be fined up to $10,000 if they set off illegal July 4 fireworks. The warning comes just days as cities across the country have decided not to hold public July 4 firework displays. 3Revelers could be fined up to $10,000 if they are caught setting off illegal fireworks (stock image)Credit: Getty 3The warning comes just days before revelers flock to landmarks, such as the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, to watch traditional July 4 displaysCredit: Getty Officials in Chicago warn that the selling, possession, and usage of fireworks is illegal, NBC Chicago reported. Fireworks that are banned include skyrockets, roman candles, missiles, and sky lanterns. The Illinois State Fire Marshal has revealed that consumer firework displays are allowed in villages and counties that use approved pyrotechnics. Fireworks that are approved include repeaters, mines, tubes, fancy florals, and parachutes. read more on july 4FLIGHT OR FRIGHT July 4 travel chaos with 3,000 flights canceled & major pilot protestsWATCH OUT Great white shark warning for US beaches ahead of July 4 weekend Those that want to set off fireworks on...
    (CNN)A summer of joy is what we need... now. Like many of us, you may be disheartened -- maybe even overwhelmed -- by America's bitter political divides. But with 90 or so days of summer ahead, this season is still an opportunity to grab hold of some goodness. Summer festivals are in full swing, artists are drawing us back to the dance floor with new music, and movie theaters are gifting us blockbusters like "Top Gun: Maverick." So, this is a gentle reminder to try to find what makes you happy and lean into it. Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. Roe v. WadeAt least 10 states have effectively banned abortion since the Supreme Court's historic reversal of Roe v. Wade on Friday that eliminated the federal constitutional right to an abortion. While some governors across the US work to protect abortion rights, another five states are expected to enact varying trigger...
    Travel mayhem stretched to the eighth day with thousands of flights delayed and over 500 cancelations in the US, sparking Fourth of July chaos fears.  As of Friday morning, over 2,104 flights were delayed within, into or out of the US, according to FlightAware. An additional 543 flights were canceled across the nation. Some of the major airlines have been accused of making a bad situation worse as the crisis continues.  Multiple Twitter users accused Delta and American Airlines of leaving them on hold for hours, with one saying they'd been waiting for three days to check in on their over $1,200 Delta reimbursement claim filed nearly three weeks ago and went without response.  Another accused the airline of simply 'ghosting' them by refusing to continue to respond to their complaints in customer service.   Travel mayhem stretched to the eighth day with thousands of flights delayed and over 500 cancelations in the US, sparking Fourth of July chaos fears American Airlines was criticized by traveler Brayden McMahan, who said his group was given hotel vouchers but they'd...
    A record 42 million people around the United States are expected to hit the road for trips over the Fourth of July holiday weekend despite average gas price surging close to $5 per gallon. The average U.S. retail price of gasoline recently broke through $5 per gallon for the first time in history, AAA said Tuesday. It is gone down slightly and is now averaging about $4.96.  While the $5 price is not record from an inflation-adjusted basis, it still represents an increase of nearly $2 per gallon from a year earlier. Despite the higher cost, gasoline demand is only 1 percent below the average for this time of year in the United States. The 42 million figure, should it pan out, would surpass 2019's peak, when 41.5 million people traveled by vehicle on Independence Day, according to the American Automobile Association. Including air travel, 47.9 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home during the holiday period, just 2 percent less than 2019's 49 million, but surpassing 2021's levels, the travel membership organization said. The average U.S....
    American Airlines is ending service to three cities due to a 'regional pilot shortage' as thousands of frustrated customers are battling flight cancellations and delays. The news comes as more than 3,600 flights were delayed within, or coming into or exiting the United States, and over 380 were canceled, according to Flight Aware. American, which is one of the largest air carriers in the U.S., canceled three percent of its routes on Monday. Eighteen percent of routes were met with delays. Ongoing flight disruptions have left passengers outraged, with many complaining their children were left sleeping on filthy airport floors while airlines struggle to rebook flights.  Some travelers claim they were sent home from the airport or forced to rent a car after their ticketed airline failed to provide a new route. The 'Armageddon travel weekend' that saw more than 20,000 flights canceled or delayed is expected to continue throughout the week. More than 100 flights have already been axed on Tuesday. American Airlines is ending service to airports in Toledo, Ohio; Ithaca, New York and Islip, New York beginning September 7 An...
    A Texas meteorologist was stuck in Milwaukee and Chicago for two full days after his flights back home were canceled a total of six times as airports around the United States enter their fourth day of travel misery due to storms and pandemic era-related staff shortages. In a series of tweets over the weekend, Shel Winkley, a meteorologist for KBTX News, shared how he struggled to arrive at - and later get home from - an American Meteorological Society Broadcast Conference in Milwaukee. The saga began for him on Monday when he first faced a four-hour delay from Dallas-Fort Worth to General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee. In a series of tweets over the weekend, Shel Winkley (pictured napping at the airport)  a meteorologist for KBTX News, shared how he struggled to arrive at - and later get home from - an American Meteorological Society Broadcast Conference in Milwaukee. Massive flight delays and cancelations continued for a fourth day on Sunday After he finally arrived in the area, he said, a large storm was slamming Milwaukee, and the captain had to circle...
    A disabled veteran on his honeymoon and new mother with a hungry baby and no formula were among passengers left stranded by canceled Delta flights Saturday.   On Saturday, Delta canceled 219 flights, among the 2,709 called off nationwide, according to Flight Aware, leaving customers with the short-end of the stick as the airline also delayed 672 flights. Saturday saw a total of 856 flights canceled across the US, with 5,997 flights within, into or out of the US delayed, according to FlightAware. And there's already more misery lined-up for Sunday travelers. As of 2am EST, 567 US flights have already been canceled - including 163 axed by Delta. A further 182 have so-far been delayed across all airlines.  The travel anguish comes after a total of 8,900 delays and 1,470 cancelation thwarted US travels on Friday and more than 1,700 were canceled on Thursday. On Saturday, passengers stuck at Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson Airport were among the worst hit.   Disabled U.S. Army veteran Joe Reis told 11 Alive that the delays and cancellations have kept him from returning home from his...
    The unofficial start of summer over the Memorial Day weekend offers a troubling glimpse of what lies ahead for travelers during the peak vacation season. U.S. airlines canceled more than 2,800 flights from Thursday through Monday, or about 2% of their schedules, according to tracking service FlightAware. Delta Air Lines, usually among the top performers, had the worst record among major carriers with more than 800 canceled flights over the five-day span. “This was a chance for airlines to show that last summer’s delays would not be repeated this summer, and yet, it was not to be,” said Helane Becker, an analyst for banking firm Cowen. She blamed the disruptions on bad weather, air traffic control delays, airline crew members calling in sick, and long security lines at some airports. “We expect a busy summer, and are concerned about the industry’s ability to handle the demand,” Becker said. When asked to comment Tuesday about its weekend troubles, Delta pointed to a statement it issued last week, when it said it faced challenges including rising COVID-19 cases among workers. Delta ran...
    An airline employee has shared some of the 'tips and tricks' she has learned throughout her career when it comes to dealing with delayed and canceled flights, after the US was thrown into travel chaos this weekend with the suspension of thousands of flights by airlines like JetBlue, American, and Southwest. Travel influencer Natalie Nicole Green, 33, from Nashville, Tennessee, works as a travel agent as well as a flight attendant for JetBlue Airways. She recently went viral on TikTok after she revealed some of the secrets that she's discovered over the years - including how to ensure that you are being compensated with the right amount of money if your flight is delayed and how to get up-to-date information on your aircraft. Her clip has been watched more than 600,000 times, and many people were thankful for her advice - especially after more than 3,000 flights were forced to be canceled over the weekend due to bad weather. Natalie - who has her own travel blog with her husband, Matt Houston, and has gained more than 18,000 subscribers on...
    The Biden administration has quietly warned American companies with large business interests in Russia that their employees there may be taken hostage in retaliation for sanctions.  With the ruble plunging and US and European banks banning all business with Russia while it continues its assault on Ukraine, many American businesses are pulling their money out of the country.  Now, Biden administration officials are also warning those companies that unless they extract staff, they may be arrested or taken hostage, according to unnamed sources cited by NBC on Tuesday.  There are also growing concerns over the fact that both the EU and Russia have now closed their airspace to each other, making it harder for anyone who wants to leave Russia to get out of the country.  Police on patrol in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, 01 March 2022. The world is turning its back on Russia while it continues its assault on Ukraine, putting any Americans who may still be there in an increasingly dangerous position  President Biden has imposed strict economic sanctions on Russia. He has not yet...
    A powerful winter storm is barreling through the eastern half of the United States bringing a variety of weather threats to the area that included heavy snow, damaging thunderstorms and the potential of isolated tornadoes. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued winter storm, strong wind and thunderstorm warnings and watches for the wide swath of the nation stretching 1,500 miles from western Oklahoma all the way through to northern Maine from Thursday afternoon into Friday. The system was expected to dump a quick burst of snow on an area from Oklahoma to Michigan and into the Northeast while threatening Mississippi and Tennessee up through Ohio and into the Northeast with severe thunderstorms, the NWS said. A swath of heavy, wet snow is expected over northern Oklahoma, eastern Kansas, north-central Missouri and Illinois, northern Indiana, southern Michigan People walk on a snowy street in Kansas City, Missouri as a winter storm passes through the region on Thursday A picture of flooding from Chippewa Creek flowing over Chippewa Creek Drive in Brecksville in Ohio 'It's a pretty potent large-scale storm system...
    Nearly 1,300 flights had been canceled by 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to FlightAware, as a storm sweeps across the country. Major airports including Chicago O’Hare International Airport, St. Louis Lambert International Airport, Kansas City International Airport and Detroit Metropolitan Airport had canceled more than usual. Chicago O’Hare had canceled 298 flights while St. Louis had canceled 296. Detroit had canceled 164 flights by Wednesday morning. Around 90 million people are under winter weather alerts as the storm’s footprint extends from New Mexico to Vermont and as far south as Texas with the National Weather Service saying temperatures will be 10 to 25 degrees below average. "This winter storm will bring a variety of winter weather hazards, including heavy snow, sleet, and freezing rain," the National Weather Service said in a Wednesday update. The National Weather Service stated that it expects the storm to be “prolonged with several rounds of winter weather lasting through Thursday for portions of the central U.S. before shifting to the interior Northeast.” A year after Texas experienced extensive freezing...
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Airlines canceled hundreds of flights, governors urged residents to stay off roads and schools closed campuses as a huge swath of the U.S. braced for a major winter storm that was set to put millions of Americans in the path of heavy snow and freezing rain. The approaching blast of frigid weather, which was expected to begin arriving Tuesday night, put a long stretch of states from New Mexico to Vermont under winter storm warnings and watches. More than a foot of snow was possible in Michigan, on the heels of a vicious nor’easter last weekend that brought blizzard conditions to many parts of the East Coast. “It will be a very messy system and will make travel very difficult,” said Marty Rausch, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in College Park, Maryland. The projected footprint of the storm extended as far south as Texas, where nearly a year after a catastrophic freeze buckled the state’s power grid in one of the worst blackouts in U.S. history, Gov. Greg Abbott defended the state’s readiness. The...
    New York (CNN Business)Airlines have canceled thousands of flights for Saturday as a powerful winter storm packing strong winds and many inches of snow is set to envelop major cities on the East Coast. According to FlightAware, nearly 1,500 flights within, into or out of the United States are canceled Saturday, with East Coast hubs being the most affected. Boston's Logan airport, which is a hub city for JetBlue and Delta Air Lines (DAL), has 231 cancellations, the most of any US airport. For Saturday, JetBlue (JBLU) has axed 40% of its schedule. About 8% of United's (UAL) schedule for Saturday has also been canceled.New York airports, including John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia, have about 200 cancellations combined. Both of those airports have sizable operations for Delta, JetBlue and American (AAL). Newark Liberty in New Jersey, which is United's hub, has 111 cancellations. Delta and United both have issued travel waivers allowing travelers flying from multiple East Coast airports to rebook without paying the fare difference. "Delta's meteorology team in the airline's operation and customer center will continue to monitor...
    Airlines have so far canceled 2,000 flights for Sunday, as a powerful winter storm packing rain, sleet and snow is poised to hit the East Coast on a holiday weekend. Almost 90% of the flights out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, an American Airlines hub, are canceled, according to flight tracking site FlightAware. The carrier preemptively canceled 1,100 flights Sunday across its mainline and regional operations after canceling 90 Saturday. “This weekend’s winter storm is expected to have a significant impact on our operation, especially at Charlotte International Airport (CLT),” American said in a statement. The airline also issued a travel notice allowing customers affected by the weather to rebook flights without a fee. Nearly 74 million people were under winter weather alerts Saturday evening, according to the National Weather Service. The massive storm system is approaching the eastern United States from the Midwest and is expected to form crippling ice in parts of Georgia, Virginia and the Carolinas Sunday. The governors of those states have declared emergencies. “This is by far going to be the biggest...
    Flight cancellations within the US have topped 1,000 for the 12th day in a row as airlines battle inclement weather and staff shortages from the Omicron variant during a winter that has seen travel numbers climb back to pre-pandemic levels. Airlines have cancelled 2,000 flights and delayed 2,900 flights going to, from or within the country as of Thursday afternoon, according to tracking website FlightAware.  Southwest, United and Skywest have recorded the most disruptions today, with Southwest alone cancelling 580 flights and delaying 589.  On Monday, Delta blamed 'a series of winter weather systems throughout the US coupled with the rapidly spreading Omicron variant' for straining its operations.  United Airlines, which cancelled 236 flights and delayed 199 on Thursday, blamed the 'nationwide spike in Omicron' in a statement provided to DailyMail.com. Thursday marked the 12th consecutive day of more than 1,000 flight cancellations in the US Airlines on Thursday axed 2,000 flights and delayed 2,900 flights. Above, travelers at Newark airport in New Jersey rest before their flights on Monday Airlines have the Omicron variant as a reason for the...
    New York (CNN Business)A surge in Covid cases and severe winter storms created a miserable holiday travel season for hundreds of thousands of stranded airline passengers. But airlines' staffing cuts were also to blame for the 20,000 US flight that have been canceled over the last two weeks.Airlines went into the busiest travel period of the past two years with significantly fewer employees than they had before the pandemic hit in early 2020.That stretched staff too thin and left the airlines unable to adjust when a large number of employees tested positive for Covid and bad winter weather hit major airport hubs from Denver to Washington.So it shouldn't have come as a surprise that travel didn't go smoothly this holiday season. In fact, it was predicted by some industry experts."Granted, Omicron wave was a swift surprise. However, it was made worse by a failure to plan for any hiccups, be it weather or virus," said Dennis Tajer, an American Airlines 737 pilot and spokesperson for the Allied Pilots Association, the union at the nation's largest airline. "Bottom line, management sold...
    The contagious Omicron variant of COVID-19 has the United States firmly in its grip, with widespread flight cancellations reaching their third consecutive week, stores closing down for cleaning and robots filling in for overstretched staff. The US has smashed records for new daily cases, which reached 1,082,549 on Monday. Experts hope that the high level of infections paired with relatively fewer deaths mean that the Omicron variant will create widespread immunity. But much of regular life remains at a standstill as case counts keep mounting.  On Tuesday, 1,500 flights were cancelled and more than 4,000 were delayed across the country as airlines cite a shortage of pilots during the latest outbreak. Schools are also closing to prevent staff and students from getting sick, with more than 3,500 public schools across the country closed during the week of January 2. The US is smashing records for daily COVID-19 cases, which reached 1,082,549 on Monday Evidence is mounting that the Omicron variant maybe less deadly, with experts hoping it represents a turn toward herd immunity Widespread flight disruptions continued on Tuesday, with nearly 1,500...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Another wave of flight cancellations hit Southland airports on Sunday, with 207 flights canceled at LAX due to COVID-19 and weather issues.The airport experienced 208 cancellations on New Year's Day.Orange County's John Wayne Airport reported 10 canceled flights Sunday, with nine at Long Beach Airport and seven at Hollywood/Burbank Airport.The problems are a continuation from last week, when thousands of flights were canceled worldwide on daily basis.READ ALSO | Airline woes continue with 2,400 U.S. flights canceled amid outbreakOn Sunday, the tracking site FlightAware.com listed 4,197 canceled flights around the world, 2,518 of whichinvolved flights into or out of the United States.The scrapped flights are largely blamed on airline staffing shortages caused by the latest surge in COVID-19 cases fueled by the Omicron variant.Weather issues were also causing some of the cancellations."From about 8 p.m. to midnight LAX could see 15,000 passengers per hour, making it a very busy time of the day as people head home from the winter holidays,'' the airport tweeted at 2:15 p.m. Sunday. "Please plan to arrive early, and check traffic...
    By David Koenig | Associated Press For air travelers, the new year picked up where the old one left off – with lots of frustration. By late Saturday afternoon on the East Coast, more than 2,600 U.S. flights and nearly 4,600 worldwide had been canceled, according to tracking service FlightAware. That is the highest single-day U.S. toll yet since just before Christmas, when airlines began blaming staffing shortages on increasing COVID-19 infections among crews. More than 12,000 U.S. flights have been canceled since Dec. 24. Saturday’s disruptions weren’t just due to the virus, however. Wintry weather made Chicago — where forecasts called for 9 inches (23 centimeters) of snow — the worst place in the country for travelers. More than 800 flights were scrubbed at O’Hare Airport and more than 250 at Midway Airport. Southwest Airlines suspended operations at both Chicago airports because of the forecast, according to an airline spokeswoman. She said Southwest knows from years of operating at Midway that high winds and blowing snow make it hard to get planes back in the air quickly. Southwest canceled...
    The U.S. hit a new high for new daily COVID cases with 512,533 cases reported on Thursday, breaking its previous record of 489,267 reported on Wednesday, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of John Hopkins data.  Daily life continues to be upended in between Christmas and New Year's Day as over 1,300 U.S. flights were canceled by late Thursday, businesses face shortages due to staff testing positive and Americans continue facing hours-long lines to get tested.  According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), anywhere from 40 to 70 percent of new cases in America are of the Omicron variant, which was first discovered last month by South African health officials.  The US broke a world record for daily COVID cases for the second day in a row with 512,533 reported on Thursday, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of John Hopkins data The record bests the nations previous record of 489,267 reported on Wednesday. Above, a health care workers tests residents in Miami, Florida, at a drive-through COVID testing site The country also broke a record...
    The holiday travel nightmare continued Wednesday - with no end in sight - for the sixth day as nearly 800 flights were canceled and 1,000 delayed amid looming winter storms in the western U.S. and the Omicron surge. Staffing shortages caused by Omicron infections led airlines like United to cancel 157 flights Wednesday while Atlanta-based Delta said it canceled 101, and JetBlue reported 81 nixed flights.  So far on Wednesday, 791 flights scheduled to enter, leave or fly in the U.S. were canceled and 1,120 were delayed, according to tracking website FlightAware. Travelers wait on a long line in Miami International Airport on Tuesday as they navigate the chaotic travel delays brought on by Omicron Travelers make their way through Miami International Airport on Wednesday as the travel nightmare drags into it's sixth day  Passengers at Miami International Airport check the flight information board to check for cancellations or delays caused by short staffing due to the Omicron surge Patient travelers stand in a long line at Salt Lake City International Airport on Monday when over 1,000 flights were cancelled  RELATED...
    Airlines have continued to cancel and delay flights amid staffing shortages and concerns about COVID-19. A handful of airlines either delayed or canceled flights due to a shortage of flight crew for the sixth day in a row amid an increased spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19. An estimated 2,400 flights have been canceled as of early Wednesday, with more than 780 of them occurring within, flying into, or departing the United States, according to FlightAware. TSA DISCOVERS KNIVES HIDDEN IN DARTH VADER TEDDY BEAR AT PA AIRPORT There have also been an estimated 5,100 delays on Wednesday, with more than 1,000 of them occurring in the U.S., the flight tracking data company reported. Airlines have blamed the cancelations, which have plagued fliers since Friday, on a "massive rise" of sick leave requests amid the spread of the omicron variant. Inclement weather across the U.S. also factored into the reduced number of flights, with Alaska Airlines telling NBC News it intends to thin the number of Seattle departures by 20% to allow departing...
    The holiday travel nightmare drags on for a fifth day as more than 1,200 flights were delayed on Tuesday and more than 800 are cancelled as an Omicron surge continues to cause airline staffing shortages. On Tuesday, approximately 813 flights scheduled to enter, leave or fly within the U.S. were canceled and 1,239 were delayed, according to tracking website FlightAware.  Staffing shortages caused by Omicron infections have led leading airlines like United to cancel 122 flights for Tuesday, while Atlanta-based Delta said it has canceled 90  and JetBlue said it had canceled 82 flights.  More cancellations are expected during the day as airlines scramble to deal with the knock-on effect of the resurgence of COVID chaos.  Tuesdays cancellations come after more 7,300 flights were impacted on Sunday and  4,000 flights were canceled or delayed on Christmas Day, leaving travelers frustrated amid the holiday weekend.  According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. is averaging 181,948 Covid cases every day, with that number set to increase in the coming days due to reporting lags during the holiday season. Nearly...
    NEW YORK -- Airlines continued to cancel hundreds of flights Saturday because of staffing issues tied to COVID-19, disrupting holiday celebrations during one of the busiest travel times of the year.FlightAware, a flight-tracking website, noted nearly 1,000 canceled flights entering, leaving or inside the U.S. Saturday, up from 690 flights scrapped on Friday. Over 250 more flights were already canceled for Sunday. FlightAware does not say why flights are canceled.Delta, United and JetBlue had all said Friday that the omicron variant was causing staffing problems leading to flight cancellations. United spokesperson Maddie King said staffing shortages were still causing cancellations and it was unclear when normal operations would return. "This was unexpected," she said of omicron's impact on staffing. Delta and JetBlue did not respond to questions Saturday.According to FlightAware, the three airlines canceled more than 10% of their scheduled Saturday flights. American Airlines also canceled more than 90 flights Saturday, about 3% of its schedule, according to FlightAware. American spokesperson Derek Walls said the cancellations stemmed from "COVID-related sick calls." European and Australian airlines have also canceled holiday-season flights...
    The American Airlines pilots' union rejected the company's offer of up to double pay for working holidays as the airline tries to schedule extra shifts after cancelling more than 2,700 flights in recent weeks.  The Allied Pilots Association, which represents about 14,000 pilots, voted against the premium pay of at least 150 per cent and double pay for picking up open holiday trips because it wanted to see permanent changes to how American Airline builds its schedule that has been overworking pilots.  'While understanding that its rejection creates a disparity among our fellow workgroups that have accepted management's proffered incentives, the board concluded that the need to achieve meaningful permanent improvements in a new collective bargaining agreement must remain APA's focus,' the union leadership said in a statement on Tuesday night. The Allied Pilots Association, which represents about 14,000 pilots at American Airlines, rejected the company's offer of as much as double pay for working holidays The airline continues to negotiate with employees after it had to cancel more than 2,700 flight in recent weeks due to bad weather and staffing...
    American Airlines continued its Halloween horror of a weekend by cancelling more than 200 flights early Monday morning, following more than 1,700 cancellations since Friday as experts warn of looming chaos ahead of the holiday season. The airline has blamed weather control issues, such as strong winds that battered its Dallas hub earlier this weekend, and ongoing staff shortages due to lay-offs made when travel cratered at the start of the COVID outbreak. In total, nearly 2,000 flights have been axed by the airline since Friday with up to 1,000 delays and 500 cancellations potentially looming, according to FlightAware. On Sunday alone, more than 850 flights were cancelled, more than 16 percent of that day's fleet total, while 365 trips were delayed.  Prior to that, 543 flights were cancelled on Saturday while 400 were delayed, and on Friday, 343 cancellations happened. 'With additional weather throughout the system, our staffing begins to run tight as crew members end up out of their regular flight sequences,' American Airlines said in a statement to CNN.  Despite continuing issues throughout the weekend, an spokesman...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Southwest Airlines issued an apology Thursday for the thousands of flights it has canceled since last Friday, disrupting travel plans across the country. “There’s a lot to say about what happened over the last several days, but we’ll start with the most important message: we’re sorry,” the airline tweeted. There’s a lot to say about what happened over the last several days, but we’ll start with the most important message: we’re sorry. Cancelling thousands of flights & displacing Customers isn’t what we want for you, nor is it what you should expect from us. https://t.co/NSBotfqdkm pic.twitter.com/pM9TINNq0Q — Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) October 14, 2021 READ MORE: University System of Maryland Appoints Search Committee For New UMBC PresidentAttached was a letter from Southwest Airlines President & COO Mike Van de Ven. He said the disruption was initially created by weather and air traffic constraints in Florida. Because of Southwest’s “point-to-point” flying system, 40-50% of Southwest’s planes fly through Florida each day, so the displacement to aircraft and crews reportedly kicked off an avalanche of issues. “It took us several...
    Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) said Tuesday that Southwest Airlines is showing “no remorse” for firing employees for refusing to take the vaccine, which has reportedly caused hundreds of flight delays since October 9. Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly went on CNBC Tuesday morning to explain the company’s vaccine mandate has contributed to “zero” flight cancelations. But Roy claimed Kelly was lying. “BS – it’s not zero,” Roy tweeted about the correlation between vaccine protests and canceled flights. “No remorse from the CEO of a once great ‘rebellious’ airline for saying you will force your employees to get vaccinated or be fired,” Roy continued. “‘Oh, everyone else is doing it,'” Roy echoed the CEO’s excuse for vaccine mandates. “Who gives a crap,” Roy retorted. Roy announced Sunday he is working on legislation to require all companies that took coronavirus stimulus money to return the funds if companies terminate employees for refusing to take the vaccine. “I am working on legislation to require all companies that took bailouts to have to pay them back — in full — if they fire any...
    Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly on Monday denied that protests over a Covid-19 mandate played any role in widespread flight cancellations and blamed President Joe Biden for the imposition on his employees. “I’ve never been in favor of corporations imposing that kind of a mandate,” Kelly said in a morning interview with CNBC. “I’m not in favor of that, never have been. But the executive order from President Biden mandates that all federal employees and then all federal contractors which covers all major airlines have to have a vaccine mandate in place by December 8.” Southwest on Tuesday was experiencing its fifth consecutive day of operational problems that have led to the cancellation of thousands of flights, including 29 percent of its flights over the weekend. The turmoil has been widely attributed to rumors of protests by pilots and other staff against the company’s mandate requiring them to receive Covid-19 vaccines. The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, a union, has filed a lawsuit against the airline over the matter. Kelly, however, rejected the idea that such protests played a role in the cancellations, saying...
    The union representing Southwest Airlines acknowledged an “operational meltdown” over the weekend but said the cancellation of hundreds of flights doesn’t have to do with vaccine mandates. After the airline canceled more than a quarter of its flights on Sunday, speculation swirled that it was because of “sickouts,” or workers using their sick leave to stay home from work as a form of group protest. The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association said federal law doesn’t permit that type of action. “There are false claims of job actions by Southwest Pilots currently gaining traction on social media and making their way into mainstream news. I can say with certainty that there are no work slowdowns or sickouts either related to the recent mandatory vaccine mandate or otherwise,” the group said in a statement. “SWAPA has not authorized, and will not condone, any job action.” Southwest Airlines has blamed weather problems and air traffic control issues. SOUTHWEST AIRLINES INSTITUTES VACCINE MANDATE TO COMPLY WITH BIDEN ADMINISTRATION The union hit at Southwest for the massive number of canceled...
    NEW YORK -- Southwest Airlines' cancellations persisted Monday after the airline canceled more than 1,000 flights Sunday. They are blaming massive nationwide disruptions on weather and air traffic control issues in Florida two days prior.Monday morning there were already 300 flights canceled by the airline, that's about 10 times as many as the next major American airline. Even that, is a stark improvement from the operational meltdown that stranded thousands of passengers over the weekend.The flight-tracking website FlightAware.com shows that Southwest canceled 28% of its flights on Sunday while 600 more had faced delays. More than 800 Southwest flights were canceled Saturday and upwards of 1,100 flights were delayed, according to FlightAware.For comparison, American Airlines has the second-most cancellations Sunday with 142, or 4%, as of 4:30 p.m. ET. Current situation in Denver. Hundreds waiting for help with canceled @SouthwestAir flights. Every customer taking 30+ minutes to help. No support getting baggage and no support for hotels, etc. pic.twitter.com/eyJ0Bpsaif— Ryan Bevans (@Ryan_Bevans) October 10, 2021The colossal travel hiccup comes in the midst of a busy time for airlines -- Monday...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Southwest Airlines, the nation’s largest domestic carrier, has been forced to cancel more than 1,000 flights Sunday. And that’s on top of 800 Saturday. The cancelations are causing frustration for passengers flying in and out of the Philadelphia area. READ MORE: Police Search For Driver After Car Hits Bicyclist In South Philadelphia“They got a notification late Saturday night that their flight was just canceled,” Ken Boysen, who arrived from Phoenix, said. “First they said it was a delay then a cancellation.” “We just couldn’t get ahold of Southwest because of the phones and computer, I guess,” Elizabeth Down, of Orlando, said. Sunday night stressed-out people and stranded passengers sounded off after Southwest Airlines canceled more than 1800 flights, including at least 15 out of Philadelphia International Airport, with dozens of others delayed “They said it was because of the weather and no one believed that because all the other flights were going out,” May Savage, who arrived from San Francisco, said. While the airline cites “air traffic control issues and disruptive weather” as the reason, the Federal...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Southwest Airlines, the nation’s largest domestic carrier, has been forced to cancel more than 1,000 flights Sunday. And that’s on top of 800 Saturday. The cancelations are causing frustration for passengers flying in and out of the Philadelphia area. READ MORE: SEPTA Transit Police Searching For Suspect Who Allegedly Committed Arson“They got a notification late Saturday night that their flight was just canceled,” Ken Boysen, who arrived from Phoenix, said. “First they said it was a delay then a cancellation.” “We just couldn’t get ahold of Southwest because of the phones and computer, I guess,” Elizabeth Down, of Orlando, said. Sunday night stressed-out people and stranded passengers sounded off after Southwest Airlines canceled more than 1800 flights, including at least 15 out of Philadelphia International Airport, with dozens of others delayed “They said it was because of the weather and no one believed that because all the other flights were going out,” May Savage, who arrived from San Francisco, said. While the airline cites “air traffic control issues and disruptive weather” as the reason, the Federal Aviation...
    DEAR TRAVEL TROUBLESHOOTER: A group of friends and I booked a tour to Spain and Morocco through Tripmasters, a tour operator, in 2019. Our flights were on Delta Air Lines Christopher Elliott, the Travel Troubleshooter  In March 2020, Delta rescheduled our return flights to Minneapolis because of COVID-19. This revised itinerary stopped in Boston with no return flight to Minneapolis. Delta issued a travel waiver and offered to reschedule the flights without penalty. In April, I canceled our hotel reservations via email, spoke with Delta to cancel our flights and found out the tour operator made the flight reservations and owned the booking. Tripmasters also notified us that our hotels and the flight between Spain and Morocco were mostly nonrefundable. I’ve contacted Tripmasters numerous times to request a full refund. A Tripmasters representative says we can only reschedule. In late April 2020, with COVID-19 raging in Spain, travel restrictions imposed and the continued closing of hotels and tourist locations, we knew this trip was impossible. Can you help us get our $5,565 back? — Anita Alexander, Arden Hills, Minn. ANSWER: I’m...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Frustrated Spirit Airlines customers spent another day at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport Thursday trying to reschedule canceled flights. The airline has been experiencing massive cancellations for five consecutive days. On Thursday, at least half of the scheduled flights were canceled. READ MORE: Gov. Ron DeSantis Objects To COVID Vaccine Mandates At Hospitals Mauricio Mino has been trying to get back home to Atlanta. He told CBS4 he was rebooked on a flight for Friday but wasn’t sure if that would happen. Pam Crockett and her son said they had been trying to return home to Baltimore since Tuesday.  She is also rebooked to fly out Friday but was unsure if the flight will take place. The budget airline based in Miramar has blamed the cancellations on a combination of weather, system outages and staffing shortages. Mino says he was troubled that the airline continues to sell tickets for flights when the flight may be canceled. “How can you keep selling when you have all these people waiting.  you should take care of the people in front of you...
    Spirit Airlines said that they "sincerely apologize" for widespread outages that have canceled hundreds of flights over the past four days. The airline's issues, first reported over the weekend, are due to overlapping problems including staffing shortages, severe weather and system outages, Spirit Airlines spokesperson Erik Hofmeyer said. Spirit canceled 165 flights on Sunday and another 277 on Monday, with every single Spirit Airlines flight out of one Tampa, Florida, airport canceled, according to FlightAware — a multinational aviation database. By Tuesday, the air carrier had canceled 60%, or 416, of the day's scheduled flights and 50% of flights on Wednesday.  "We sincerely regret the inconvenience this has caused," Hofmeyer said in a statement Tuesday, mentioning that crews are "working around the clock to mitigate the travel disruptions." Over the last couple of days, severe storms affected areas in southeastern Oregon, southwest Idaho, northern Nevada, the Southwest, the Northeast and the Great Basin, according to the National Weather Service. Tornadoes with large hail were reported in areas from the Great Plains to the Lower Missouri Valley, while flash flood warnings were...
    SPIRIT Airlines is being blamed for lying to its stranded passengers after nixing half of its scheduled flights on the fourth consecutive day of travel disarray.  Since Sunday, hundreds of Spirit flights have been getting delayed or scrubbed and customers are fuming, accusing the airline of ducking the truth or ignoring their grievances. 5Spirit travelers in Philadelphia were forced to sleep on ticketing seats after the airline cut 60% of its flights since Sunday claiming weather, technological outages and staff overlap was to blameCredit: AP 5In Los Angeles, large cues swelled at the Spirit ticketing booth as a result of the delays and cancelationsCredit: Getty LIED TO AND IGNORED “The nerve of you all,” wrote T. Kirkland in a tweet. “My disabled mother and 6yr old daughter [were] stranded for hours at both FLL and TPA this weekend. She claimed the airline served up a whopper for the reasons why they couldn’t take off.  “[The] lies of being down 1 flight attendant on both trips was scandalous! This was absurd.  “Won’t be surprised if a class action follows.” Allie Coughlin...
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