An air travel boom appears to be in full swing, but over the weekend and into Monday it was accompanied by familiar pre-pandemic frustrations: Flight delays and cancellations for those traveling on American and Spirit airlines.
Monday was equally frustrating as airlines struggled to catch up.
FlightAware reported delays for 23 percent of Spirit’s flights and cancellations for 36 percent of them. About 25 percent of American’s flights were delayed and 15 percent were canceled. About 26 percent of Southwest’s flights were delayed, according to FlightAware.
American Airlines blamed storms in Texas for the delays and cancellations.
“We have experienced cancellations and delays yesterday and today, mainly due to weather and ATC impacts at DFW Airport, including two ramp closures yesterday and a ground stop earlier today related to ongoing weather-recovery efforts,” the airline said via email. Airline officials said they expected issues to clear up by Tuesday.
Spirit Airlines also blamed weather and other unspecified “operational issues.”
“We’re working around the clock to get back on track in the wake of some travel disruptions over the weekend due to a series of weather and operational challenges,” said spokesman Field Sutton. “We needed to make proactive cancellations to some flights across the network, but the majority of flights are still scheduled as planned.”
🚨NOTICE: Operational issues are impacting @SpiritAirlines flights nationwide. FLIGHTS WILL BE CANCELED. If you have a scheduled flight today or questions, please contact the airline BEFORE HEADING TO THE AIRPORT. Check https://t.co/UlJ5kBwXnx for updates. pic.twitter.com/64pHFVIZQ4— McCarran Airport (@LASairport) August 2, 2021
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, which represents Spirit’s flight attendants, quickly knocked down reports that the airline’s issues were due to a strike.
“Spirit Airlines is experiencing operational issues causing flight delays and cancellations due to weather, schedule month change over, and IT outages,” the union said in a emailed statement. “A few news outlets have incorrectly reported that this may be due to a strike. This is not true.”
The delays and cancellations came as the Transportation Security Administration reported setting a record for the number of passengers screened Sunday. TSA said 2,238,462 million people moved through airport security checkpoints, topping the previous record set July 18.