I mentioned this earlier today that the number one reason for all of these delays is a lack of pilots for the scheduled flights. Hundreds of pilots quit or retired when the airlines tried to force them to get vaccinated. You can't blame them - that was probably the second-biggest fuck-up of the whole covid clusterfuck. The first, of course, was when they forced so many businesses to close (which is actually tied with listening to Fuckwad Fauci for first place on the stupid list).
More than 3,700 domestic flights were delayed and 600-plus were canceled as the Fourth of July weekend got underway, continuing a troubling trend of jammed-up airport service.
As of Saturday evening, there were 3,765 delays on US flights – including in and out of the country — and 612 cancellations, according to the airline tracking service FlightAware.com. That’s nearly triple the daily average of 210 scrapped flights.
At LaGuardia Airport, 39 – or 11% — of flights scheduled out of the Queens hub were canceled, and 64 – or 18% — were delayed. The metropolitan area’s two other main airports, JFK in Queens and Newark Liberty International, also experienced similar issues.
The lack of service rivaled a day earlier, when more than 4,900 flight delays and nearly 500 cancellations were reported domestically as of Friday evening.
At least 48 million people are expected to hit the road over the holiday weekend, including 3.5 million who plan to fly, as airlines struggled to keep up with the soaring post-pandemic summer travel boom.