Flight cancellations: 7 questions about flying this summer

There were some problems at the start of the summer tourist season as airlines canceled thousands of flights over Memorial Day weekend. Now travelers are wondering: was this an accident or a harbinger of future upheavals?

US airlines have canceled more than 2,800 flights Thursday through Monday, or 2 percent of their schedule, according to the Associated Press. Delta made up about 800 of these cuts.

The cancellations come as travel continues to recover from a pandemic low and carriers struggle with a shortage of workers.

“The ecosystem has become quite sprawling as airlines try to meet this resilient demand for passengers and try to get everyone where they want to go this summer,” said Adam Gordon, managing director and partner at Boston Consulting Group. “The sustainability we used to take for granted is no more.”

While the cancellations weren’t catastrophic, each represented a terribly bad day of travel – and a potentially bad omen for future vacations.

“For this family of four, with a screaming baby, a diaper bag and an irritable spouse, it’s terrible,” said Mike Boyd, aviation analyst and president of Boyd Group International.

Here are seven key questions and answers for seasonal travelers.

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