Over 1,000 flights delayed, almost 200 canceled on Tuesday

Over 1,000 flights delayed, almost 200 canceled on Tuesday

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More than 1,000 flights were delayed early Tuesday morning, marking another day of frustration for travelers across the country.

According to flight-tracking website FlightAware, which tracks real-time flight delay and cancellation statistics, over 1,000 flights into, out of and through the United States were delayed as of 11 a.m. ET Tuesday. Another 153 flights were completely canceled.

Though data is changing rapidly, Tuesday’s numbers are still lower than Monday’s, when there were nearly 7,000 flight delays and hundreds of other cancellations.

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Though airlines are still grappling with staffing issues, delays and cancellations have been particularly heavy all weekend due to thunderstorm activity and weather-related ground stops, FlightAware spokeswoman Kathleen Bangs told FOX Business.

From Thursday to Sunday, there were more than 30,000 delays, according to FlightAware data. There were also over 4,400 cancellations.

A spokesman for Delta Air Lines told FOX Business that any disruption the airline faced over the weekend was due to weather and air traffic control issues.

Flight cancellations and delays at Washington National Airport

The Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport arrivals board shows flight delays and cancellations ahead of the holiday weekend. ((Megan Myers/Fox News Digital)

A Southwest Airlines spokesman said Monday the airline was still working on “weather-related challenges.”

Cancellations, in particular, are down compared to the first three months of the year, when airlines grappled with staffing issues related to the Omicron variant of COVID-19, as well as winter storms, according to Bangs.

However, delays increased throughout the second quarter and even into July and August, she continued.

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Despite the ongoing problems, Bangs said we could have seen even more cancellations if airlines hadn’t cut their summer flight schedules.

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A traveler checks a flight status information screen at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File / AP Newsroom)

Earlier this summer, Nicholas Calio, president of trade group Airlines for America, said its member airlines were cutting 15% of the flights they originally planned for August, while increasing hiring and training to combat problems and become more reliable for passengers .

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Problems continue as demand surges to pre-pandemic levels and some airlines are forced to scale back their fall schedules.

Last week American announced that it has already taken steps to reduce its overall system capacity in September.