U.S. Airlines Cancel or Delay 12,000 Weekend Flights

Several airlines in the United States have canceled or delayed about 12,000 flights on April 2 to 3, mostly due to storms in Florida.

According to flight tracker FlightAware, over 3,400 flights have been canceled and 8,800 flights have been delayed over the weekend as of 3:15 p.m. Eastern Time on April 3.

The cancelations and delays come amid the spring break travel season.

Southwest Airlines, the largest U.S. domestic carrier, was hit the hardest in terms of number of flights, with 520 canceled flights, about 14% of its operation, on April 2, and 398 on April 3.

The airline also reported that intermittent technology issue in its system caused flight disruptions, aside from ongoing weather challenges.

“With widespread cancellations in the midst of a busy travel season, hotel rooms were unavailable in a few cities, and late day crew timeouts in those cities meant that some crew members were left without rooms,” Southwest Airlines said in a note to its crews on April 3, which was seen by CNBC.

“We take that shortfall seriously and are working to follow up with affected crew members,” the note further said.

According to a spokesperson, the airline waived differences for affected customers, allowing them to rebook themselves online without waiting on the phone.

Meanwhile, budget airline Spirit canceled 27% of its April 2 flights and has canceled 27% of its April 3 flights — the highest percentage of weekend cancelations.

JetBlue Airways canceled 15% of its April 2 flights and 25% of its April 3 flights.

American Airlines canceled 364 April 2 flights and 211 April 3 flights.

Delta Air Lines canceled 238 flights on April 2. It also canceled 41 flights and delayed 366 flights on April 3.

Passengers with flights canceled by the airline are due a refund.

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