Thousands more flights canceled across the U.S. as summer travel season heats up

US airlines canceled numerous flights for the second day in a row on Friday as they attempt to recover from severe storms while accommodating the growing crowds of summer vacationers.

By mid-morning in the eastern U.S., airlines had canceled more than 1,000 flights after canceling more than 1,700 on Thursday, according to tracking service FlightAware. Airports with the most cancellations were those in Charlotte, North Carolina, a major hub for American Airlines; LaGuardia and Newark Liberty in the New York City area; and Reagan Washington National outside Washington, DC

By 2 p.m. Eastern Time, American Airlines had canceled 261 flights, or 8% of its operations — the most of any major U.S. carriers, according to FlightAware. Delta canceled 203 flights, while United Airlines canceled 92 flights.

On Thursday, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg held a virtual meeting with airline CEOs to evaluate measures airlines are taking to ensure smooth air travel during the July 4 holiday and throughout the summer. Also on the agenda was to discuss ways to better accommodate passengers who are stranded when flights are cancelled.

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More than 2,500 flights in the US were canceled over Memorial Day weekend while airlines struggled with inclement weather and a shortage of pilots and other workers.

“The real problem wasn’t just the canceled flights,” said CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg. “The real problem was connecting flights. Because if the first flight was delayed, people there had real problems. They missed their connecting flights. There were no other options. They were stranded.”

So far in June, more than 2.2 million travelers went through security checks at US airports for an average of one day. That is 13% less than in the same period before the pandemic.

Many experts are now advising travelers to buy travel insurance or check if they are covered by their credit cards. They also note that under federal law, consumers are entitled to a full refund of ticket costs if a flight is canceled or significantly delayed.

Domestic airline ticket prices have increased by 47% since January alone, according to data from Adobe. Airfares have also increased by 30% compared to May 2019, before the pandemic.

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