Thousands of flights canceled as busy summer travel season heats up


Airlines are scrambling to recover after canceling more than 2,800 flights since Thursday as severe weather ripped through the northeast.

The majority of cancellations and delays occurred Thursday as the storms passed. The disruptions then spread through Friday as carriers struggled to recover from the travel mess.

The airports that have seen the most cancellations are New York-area airports, Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.

In this file photo from May 27, 2022, travelers wait in lines at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles.

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Airline executives met with Department for Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Thursday to discuss how to avoid widespread cancellations and delays ahead of the July 4 holiday.

Buttigieg pressed the airlines on their ability to reliably manage holiday flight schedules and asked them to improve the customer experience, a source familiar with the meeting told ABC News.

The secretary also said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would continue to keep air traffic flowing and on schedule after criticism from some industry groups that FAA ground stops and delays caused by the conditions Weather and staffing issues caused numerous delays over Memorial Day weekend.

The FAA said it was working to hire more air traffic controllers for its facilities as it had to cut air traffic in some of the busiest airspace due to daily staffing shortages.

ABC News

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