Airline Spring Break Flight Cancellations: 10,000+

It was a tough weekend for airline passengers.

Airlines canceled and delayed more than 10,000 flights Saturday and Sunday due to storms in Florida and a technology glitch at Southwest Airlines, stranding travelers across the country and creating long wait times to join service airline customer. More than 3,200 flights were canceled and 7,000 flights delayed over the weekend, according to FlightAware flight tracker.

The flight woes come during the busy spring break season and at a time when travel is surging due to pent-up demand from the pandemic.

Southwest, the nation’s largest domestic carrier, was the hardest hit in terms of flight numbers. The airline canceled 520 flights on Saturday, or 14% of its operations, and has already canceled 394 flights on Sunday as it and other airlines try to get back on track.

In addition to the weather, Southwest said it had intermittent technology issues early Saturday that hurt the airline.

Southwest, the nation’s largest national carrier, previously said about 40 to 50 percent of its planes fly through Florida each day.

Low-cost airline Spirit, whose headquarters and largest hub are in Fort Lauderdale, had the highest percentage of weekend cancellations. The airline has canceled 27% of its Saturday flights and has so far canceled 22% of its Sunday flights, according to FlightAware.


JetBlue Airways has canceled 25% of its Sunday flights after canceling 15% of its Saturday flights, according to FlightAware.

American Airlines canceled 363 flights on Saturday and canceled 211 flights on Sunday.

US spokesman Yamleque Murillo said the airline was still recovering from the impact of the Florida storms.

Passengers on all airlines should check their flight status before heading to the airport on Sunday.

Do I get a refund if my flight is cancelled?

Travelers whose flights are canceled by the airline are entitled to a refund and not just a travel credit, regardless of the reason for the flight.

The problem for many travelers in these situations, however, is that they still have to get home or to their destination and the refund won’t cover expensive last-minute flights on other airlines. In these cases, the only option is to accept the next available flight offered by the airline, even if it is not the same day.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Here’s what airlines owe you if a flight is canceled or delayed

USA Today

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