Friday, February 3, 2023

Hundreds of flight cancellations ruin Memorial Day weekend for US travelers

Tens of thousands of people in the US scrapped plans for their Memorial Day weekend, as weather disturbances and staffing issues forced airlines to cancel hundreds of flights and delay thousands.

According to flight tracking site Flight Aware, on Sunday, 357 flights within, in or out of the country were canceled before 2:30 p.m. EST, with more than 550 flights canceled on Saturday.

“I’ll never take JetBlue again! I’ll leave before I fly in JetBlue!” Mousavier Sadiqui, an architect from Buffalo, told The Post killing time at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The 32-year-old was to go on holiday with his fiancée in Istanbul by Sunday.

But his flight from Buffalo to JFK was delayed Friday night and lost his connection to Turkey despite running through airport terminals.

He is unable to find a hotel room to stay while he waits. Worse yet, his essential COVID-19 PCR test has ended.

“I’ve been at the airport for 48 hours now, neither sleeping nor sleeping thanks to JetBlue!” Sadiqi said.

357 Flights Within, In Or Out Of The Country Were Canceled Before 2:30 P.m. Est On Sunday, After More Than 550 Cancellations On Saturday.
357 flights within, in or out of the country were canceled before 2:30 p.m. EST on Sunday, after more than 550 cancellations on Saturday.
Associated Press Photo/David Zalubowski, file

“I called late last night, I said, any room, please?! They are all full because of the delay,” he said angrily.

Sadiqi said: “I’m spending 3 days of my vacation at the airport and I’ll be lucky to spend 4 days together [my fiancé] Out of my 9 days off!”

JetBlue did not immediately return a request for comment.

Sadiqui wasn’t the only passenger left hanging in the balance at Queens Airport.

Sinan Aktas, a Paris waiter trying to make his way home to France, told The Post that Delta Airlines did not alert him that his flight had been cancelled.

“I only want Delta to tell me they’ll cancel the first flight! My girlfriend’s parents took me to the airport for two hours without anything,” he said.

Buffalo Ny Doe Senior Architect Mousavier Sadiqui, 32, Was To Meet With His Finance Minister In Istanbul Before His Flight Was Cancelled.
Buffalo NY DOE senior architect Mousavier Sadiqui, 32, was to meet with his finance minister in Istanbul before his flight was cancelled.
Kevin Sheehan NY Post

“I went to check in and told me they canceled,” Aktas continued. “He did not send any email or any message. There were no available fights. ,

Delta did not immediately return a request for comment.

The airline blamed the cancellations and delays for weather and “air traffic control actions” to the Associated Press and said it was trying to cancel fights 24 hours in advance.

“More than at any time in our history, various factors currently affecting our operations – weather and air traffic control, vendor staffing, planned unscheduled absences in certain work groups contributed to increased COVID case rates is – resulting in an operation. In recent years Delta has consistently failed to meet the standards set for the industry,” Allison Osband, the airline’s customer experience officer, said in a post.

The Federal Aviation Association does not cancel flights, but a message noted that inclement weather in the summer often disrupts flight plans.

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