Air travel in the U.S. encountered major disruptions over the weekend with approximately 3,500 flight cancellations. As of Monday, there were 470 canceled flights and 690 delayed flights, according to FlightAware, a flight tracker app and website.
Weather in Florida and the Southeast were some of the reasons for this disruption and airspace congestion added to the cancellations and delays. Airports greatly affected by the flight cancellations include those in Miami, Orlando, Tampa, New York, and Baltimore.
On Southwest, 10% of its scheduled flights were canceled on Sunday. On the same day, flight cancellations for each airline varied with Spirit Airlines having 308, JetBlue having 373, and American Airlines with 271. Meanwhile, Alaska Airlines’ flight cancellations affected around 37,000 customers though the reasons for the cancellations were not elaborated. As a whole, there were 1,659 flight cancellations and around 5,700 delayed flights.
Although flight cancellations were high on the weekend, Monday saw a decrease. A JetBlue spokesperson told the press that these cancellations will help in reorganizing their operation to be back in position for air travel.
Meanwhile, projected cancellations on Tuesday are 23 within, into, or out of the U.S. with 74 delays, according to FlightAware.