This is a tough weekend for air travelers.
Airlines canceled and delayed more than 10,000 Saturday and Sunday flights due to the storm Florida And the technical problem at Southwest Airlines is trapping passengers across the country and waiting a long time to reach airline customer service. More than 3,200 flights were canceled and 7,000 flights were delayed this weekend, the air superintendent said. FlightAware.
Flight problems occur during the hectic spring break and during the growing season due to the need for infections.
Southwest, the country’s largest domestic airline, was severely affected in terms of the number of flights. The airline canceled 520 Saturday flights or 14% of its operations and 396 Sunday flights.
In addition to the weather, the Southwest said technical problems intermittently early Saturday affected the airline.
Southwest, the country’s largest domestic carrier, has previously said that 40% to 50% of its flights will fly via Florida on any given day.
Spirit, the budget airline headquartered and headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, has a high percentage of weekend cancellations. According to FlightAware, the airline has canceled 27% of its Saturday flights and has so far canceled 24% of its Sunday flights.
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According to FlightAware, Jet Blue Airways canceled 15% of its Sunday flights after canceling 25% of its flights on Saturday.
American Airlines has canceled 364 Saturday flights and 211 Sunday flights.
U.S. spokesman Yamlek Murillo said the airline was still recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Florida.
Passengers on all airlines are required to check their flight status before leaving for the airport on Sunday.
Do I need a refund if my flight is canceled?
For passengers whose flights have been canceled by the airline, not only the travel credit but also the refund will be required regardless of the reason for the flight.
However, the problem for many passengers in those situations is that they still have to go home or to their destination and cannot afford to refund expensive last minute flights on other airlines. In those cases, the only way is to accept the next flight provided by the airline, even if not on the same day.
‘This is a day’: Southwest travelers struggle to find a new plane
Texas attorney Erin Chancellor was scheduled to fly from Austin to Greenville, South Carolina, early Sunday morning for a work conference in Asheville, North Carolina.
Late on Saturday, he received a text alert about the flight change. The Chancellor sighed when he saw the departure at 5:15 a.m., which was an hour earlier than the first departure time, and who arrived later due to a five-hour break.
That’s not the worst part.
The new plane carrying her to the southwest was on Monday.
“I, oh, it definitely doesn’t work,” he said. “The biggest day (conference) is tomorrow.”
The president, who has been acclaimed as Southwest’s best airline, paused 90 minutes with Southwest’s preferential customer service line before communicating via Twitter.
Late on Sunday there were no southwest flight options to go anywhere near Asheville, so he asked for a refund of his $ 350 ticket and began looking for tickets on other airlines.
The best she could find: a $ 650 tour of Atlanta on Delta Airlines. He drives several hours to Asheville for his 37th birthday. She got one of the last rental cars available in Atlanta, but the price was steep: $ 600, more than twice the price she would pay for a car from Greenville.
“This is a day,” she said.
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