New York (CNN Business)On Monday afternoon, at least 744 flights were canceled across the United States. According to the flight tracking website FlightAware. This follows another chaotic weekend trip with more than 1,500 domestic flights canceled on Saturday and Sunday.
"Delta's team manages safely through multiple factors affecting operations this weekend, including more absenteeism than planned in some working groups, weather, and air traffic control constraints. "We continue," said a Delta spokesman on Sunday. "Cancellation of a flight has always been our last resort and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused to your travel plans."
Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport in the New York City area are most affected by Monday's cancellations, with more than 100 canceled flights in Newark alone. Occupies.
According to FlightAware, there were 634 US flights canceled on Saturday and 868 canceled on Sunday.
"Various factors in our history that are currently influencing our operations — from weather and air traffic control, vendor staffing, and planning by some working groups. Increasing Covid's case rate, which also contributes to high unplanned absenteeism — leading to operations that have not consistently met the standards Delta has set in the industry in recent years. "
However, critics say airlines should have predicted these issues before the summer travel season.
"Stress testing an airline's operating model yields the same results," said Captain Dennis Targer, a spokesman for the United Pilot Association, an American Airlines pilot union, earlier this month. rice field.