Airline passengers – eager to hit the skies after more than a year after the pandemic stifled the industry – are facing a slew of delays and cancellations.
In some cases, flights are even being canceled after passengers have already boarded. The stress of having to find a backup plan is being felt by customers across the industry.
Recently, Southwest Airlines canceled about 600 flights and delayed more than 4,000 between last Friday and Sunday, according to reports. Then, on Monday and Tuesday, the airline delayed a combined 2,355 flights, according to data from global flight tracker FlightAware.com.
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American Airlines customers have also fallen victim to delays and cancelations. At the end of June, the carrier canceled around 80 flights per day and confirmed that it would adjust a "fraction" of its flight schedules in July.
The changes in American's operations stemmed from both a reported staffing crunch and unprecedented weather at its largest hubs. In fact, on Thursday, an American Airlines flight out of Charlotte was canceled even after 172 passengers had already boarded due to "severe weather conditions, which restricted air traffic throughout the mid-Atlantic and Northeast," an American Airlines spokesperson told FOX Business.