Factbox-U.S. airline disruptions create summer of travel chaos

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Passengers line up before their flights at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

CHICAGO – The lifting of COVID-19 curbs and bottled-up travel demand are translating into the strongest summer since the pandemic for U.S. carriers. However, frequent mass flight cancellations are creating chaos for their customers.

U.S. airlines have canceled more than 21,000 flights, or about 2.7% of the scheduled total since the Memorial Day holiday weekend in May, almost double last year’s rate, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware. Flight delays are also higher than in 2021.

Here’s how some major carriers have been performing since May 26.

Carriers Scheduled Canceled %canceled %delayed

flights flights

American 101,317 4,755 4.7% 27.8%

Airlines

United 74,571 2,125 2.8% 23.5%

Airlines

Delta Air 95,300 3,529 3.7% 20.6%

Lines

Southwest 124,350 1,283 1.0% 27.9%

Airlines

JetBlue 30,082 843 2.8% 35.3%

Airways

Alaska 22,671 183 0.8% 18.7%

Airlines

Spirit 23,663 314 1.3% 23.2%

Airlines

Frontier 15,271 101 0.7% 29.7%

Airlines

Hawaiian 7,186 0 0.0% 20.8%

Airlines

Republic 33,904 2,872 8.5% 21.9%

Airways

Source: FlightAware

(Reporting by Rajesh Kumar Singh; editing by Diane Craft)

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