Airlines canceled and delayed more than 10,000 Saturday and Sunday flights because of storms in Florida and a technology issue at Southwest Airlines, stranding travelers across the country and creating long wait times to reach airline customer service. More than 3,400 flights have been canceled and 8,800 flights delayed this weekend as of 3:15 p.m. ET Sunday, according to flight tracker FlightAware.
The flight woes come during the busy spring break travel season and at a time when travel is surging because of pent-up demand from the pandemic.
Southwest, the nation's largest domestic carrier, was the hardest hit in terms of the number of flights. The airline canceled 520 Saturday flights, or 14% of its operation, and 398 Sunday flights.
In addition to weather, Southwest said it had intermittent technology issues early Saturday that hurt the airline.
Southwest, the nation's largest domestic carrier, has previously said about 40% to 50% of its planes fly through Florida on any given day.
Budget airline Spirit, which has its headquarters and largest hub in Fort Lauderdale, has had the highest percentage of weekend cancellations. The airline canceled 27% of its Saturday flights and so far has canceled 27% of its Sunday flights, according to FlightAware.
Hal Turner Commentary/Opinion
I have been told the fuel price increases have caught up to the airlines and they are intentionally cancelling flights that are not “full enough” to pay for the fuel and operations cost. That’s why when people try to rebook they can’t find a seat for the next couple days-
The information coming in to me claims - (not yet corroborated) -- the airlines are pushing everyone from a partially full flight to window in the future to create full flights.
I am also told the price of aviation kerosene has skyrocketed.
The airlines are broke after the whole COVID nonsense, they would have to double their ticket prices to make any money, but they would lose most of their customers, now they are taking the most profitable flights only and canceling the rest. Again, these claims are NOT CORROBORATED.