US-based airlines canceled at least 1,100 flights Friday as the industry continues to struggle with few workers, a pilot shortage, and other crippling transportation issues.
From USA Today:
It’s been another rough day for America’s airline passengers, to put it mildly.
As of 3 p.m. Eastern on Friday, more than 1,100 flights had been canceled in the U.S., with over 3,700 more delayed, according to FlightAware. Some of Friday’s issues could be a result of aircraft not being in a position to fly their first flights of the morning after cancelations Thursday.
American Airlines has the most cancelations so far, with around 200 flights cut, representing 6% of the carrier’s schedule for the day. However, those numbers do not include American Eagle flights operated by the airline’s regional affiliates.
The Federal Aviation Administration implemented delay programs at airports in the Northeast on Friday afternoon, and warned that air traffic restrictions could extend as far south as Florida before the end of the day. Airports in the West are also being affected by weather.