Hundreds of flights canceled in US ruin Memorial Day weekend

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Hundreds of flights canceled in US ruin Memorial Day weekend

Tens of thousands people in the US had their Memorial Day weekend plans come to a screeching halt after weather disruptions and staffing issues forced airlines to cancel hundreds of flights and delay thousands more.

On Sunday, 357 flights within, into, or out of the country were canceled before 2:30 p.m. EST, after more than 550 were scrapped Saturday, according to the flight tracking site Flight Aware.

“I will never take JetBlue again! I will walk before I fly JetBlue!” Mussawir Sadiqi, an architect from Buffalo told The Post while killing time at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The 32-year-old was supposed to be in Istanbul by Sunday for vacation with his fiancé.

But his flight from Buffalo to JFK was delayed Friday night and he missed his connection to Turkey despite sprinting through the airport’s terminals.

He hasn’t been able to find a hotel room to stay in while he waits. Worse, his required COVID-19 PCR test has expired.

“I’ve been in an airport for 48 hours now, not sleeping or showering thanks to Jetblue!” Sadiqi said.

On Sunday, 357 flights within, into, or out of the country were canceled before 2:30 p.m. EST, after more than 550 were scrapped Saturday.
On Sunday, 357 flights within, into, or out of the country were canceled before 2:30 p.m. EST, after more than 550 were scrapped Saturday.
AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File

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

Sadiqi added: “I’m spending 3 days of my vacation at the airport and I’ll be lucky to spend 4 days with [my fiancé] out of my 9 day vacation!”

JetBlue did not immediately return a request for comment.

Sadiqi wasn’t the only traveler stuck in limbo at the Queens airport.

Sinan Aktas, a waiter from Paris trying to get home to France told The Post that Delta Airlines didn’t alert him that his flight had been cancelled.

“I only wish Delta could have let me know they would be canceling the first flight! My girlfriend’s parents drove me two hours to the airport for nothing,” he said.

Mussawir Sadiqi, 32, senior architect for Buffalo NY DOE, was supposed to meet his finacé in Istanbul before his flight got canceled.
Mussawir Sadiqi, 32, senior architect for Buffalo NY DOE, was supposed to meet his finacé in Istanbul before his flight got canceled.
Kevin Sheehan NY Post

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

Delta did not immediately return a request for comment.

The airline told The Associated Press weather and “air traffic control actions” were to blame for the cancellations and delays and said it’s trying to cancel fights 24 hours before they are set to takeoff.

“More than any time in our history, the various factors currently impacting our operation — weather and air traffic control, vendor staffing, increased COVID case rates contributing to higher-than-planned unscheduled absences in some work groups — are resulting in an operation that isn’t consistently up to the standards Delta has set for the industry in recent years,” Allison Ausband, the airline’s customer experience officer, said in a post.

The Federal Aviation Association doesn’t cancel flights, but noted in a message that bad weather in the summer often disrupts flight plans.

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