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US airlines delay hundreds of Labor Day flights

Hundreds of flights were delayed on major U.S. airlines ahead of the Labor Day holiday.

According to cancellation tracker FlightAware, there were 2,000 delays and 118 cancellations in the US and abroad on Saturday.

This tally includes 567 Southwest Airlines, 256 American Airlines, 185 Delta, 129 JetBlue and 165 United flights.

These delays are due to the American Automobile Association predicting that approximately 32% of Americans will travel this Labor Day weekend.

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Southwest Airlines

File Photo: A Southwest Airlines plane passes the US Capitol before landing at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, USA, January 24, 2022. (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo / Reuters Photos)

According to Fox Weather, the federation predicts this will be the busiest Labor Day travel weekend in three years, reaching pre-pandemic levels.

After months of frustrating cancellations and delays, the Department of Transportation announced Thursday that it has launched an airline customer service dashboard, resulting in one of the 10 largest U.S. airlines. All airlines except

Flight delays and cancellations

As the Labor Day holiday approaches in Denver on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, Southwest Airlines’ canceled flights from Philadelphia will appear on an electronic arrivals board for travelers at Denver International Airport. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski/AP Newsroom)

“Passengers deserve transparency and clarity about what to expect from airlines in the event of cancellations or disruptions,” Transportation Division Pete Buttigieg said in a statement. “This dashboard collects that information in his one place so travelers can easily understand their entitlements, compare airline practices and make informed decisions. “

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“The ministry will continue to support passengers and hold airlines accountable for complying with their customer obligations,” he promised.

Last summer’s cancellations have been blamed specifically on airline pilot shortages.

Denver International Airport

Travelers line up at a security checkpoint south of Denver International Airport as the Labor Day holiday approaches on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski/AP Newsroom)

Federal officials have accused airlines of understaffing, but airlines point to staffing problems at the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Cancellation rates have risen by about a third compared to the same period in 2019.

Flight delay rates have risen by nearly a quarter.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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