Dozens of delays and cancellations reported at Logan airport on Saturday amid nationwide air travel issues
Dozens of flights at Boston’s Logan International Airport were canceled on Saturday and more were delayed as airlines and passengers grapple with staff shortages and severe weather that has impacted air travel Across the country.
Fifty-three flights had been canceled and 95 delayed as of 12:30 p.m., according to Flightaware.com. The travel site reported 125 cancellations in Logan on Friday and more than 550 delayed flights.
The service disruptions followed delays to hundreds of flights at Logan Thursday night, after the Federal Aviation Administration ordered a ground stop at the airport due to stormy weather along the East Coast.
Flights were delayed at Logan by an average of about two hours during Thursday’s ground stop, according to the federal agency.
The airport released a brief statement on social media and its website on Friday, advising people to check with their airline about their flight status before heading to the airport due to recent delays and cancellations.
The delayed and canceled flights came after US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg met privately with airline executives on Thursday to discuss their plans to ensure smooth travel for the July 4 holiday and the rest of the summer.
He also called on them to improve passenger accommodation when flights are cancelled, the Associated Press reported, and to consider whether airlines can manage the schedules they have published.
“I’m letting them know that this is a time when we really rely on them to deliver reliably to the traveling public,” Buttigieg said in an interview with NBC News.
More than 2.2 million travelers a day on average have passed through airport checkpoints so far this month, according to the Transportation Security Administration. This figure is up by about 400,000 from the same period last year, but remains below the number of trips reported before the pandemic.
Air travel is only expected to get busier this summer, after President Biden lifted the requirement earlier this month that international travelers take COVID-19 tests before boarding flights.
Airlines blamed bad weather this summer for the delays. Delta, America and Southwest pilot unions said airlines moved too slowly to replace pilots who retired or went on leave early in the pandemic, according to The Associated Press.
U.S. Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts praised Buttigieg on Friday for his meeting with the airlines and said he and Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut were seriously concerned about rising flight cancellations.
“Passengers should not be penalized for poor airline management and planning,” Markey said in a Twitter post on Friday.
Markey and Blumenthal criticized the airlines’ handling of the country’s air travel problems after numerous flights were canceled or delayed in recent months, including over Memorial Day weekend.
In a joint statement earlier this month, Markey and Blumenthal called on airlines to mitigate future delays and cancellations and to take steps such as sending advance notifications to passengers of forecasted bad weather.
While some of these factors are beyond the airlines’ control, the senators said, these air travel issues “pose significant challenges for the traveling public, and we are disappointed that these delays and cancellations are occurring so frequently that they become almost expected. part of the trip,” the statement read.
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