More than 1,400 flights canceled on Friday. Bad weather threatens more

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It was another tough day for US airline passengers, to put it mildly.

As of 8:30 p.m. EST Friday, nearly 1,500 flights have been canceled in the United States, including more than 7,200 longer delayed, according to FlightAware. Some of Friday’s problems could be due to planes not being able to make their first morning flights after Thursday’s cancellations.

American Airlines has canceled more than 260 of its flights – about 8% of its schedule – not including flights operated by its regional subsidiaries.

Republic Airlines, a regional carrier that operates under the American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express brands, in addition to operating some of its own flights, also recorded more than 260 cancellations, or 25% of its Friday schedule.

The Federal Aviation Administration rolled out delay programs at airports from Boston to Atlanta on Friday night and warned that delays were likely to pile up overnight and could also spread to Florida. Western airports are also affected by the weather.

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Summer press for the air network

Overall, it’s been a frustrating summer for passengers as airlines cut schedules and airports, but at home and abroad they struggle to keep up with growing travel demand. .

Earlier in the pandemic, airlines downsized as people stayed home. But with restrictions lifted, people are traveling this summer like it’s 2019 all over again, and carriers say they don’t have enough people on their rosters to fly at their planned times.

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This has led to many airlines – including American, United, Delta and JetBlue – announcing cuts and even ending service to some smaller cities.

Experts say it could take up to a year for things to normalize.

What you are entitled to if your flight is canceled

If your flight is canceled and you choose not to travel on a new route, the Department of Transport asks your airline to reimburse you, even if you purchased a non-refundable ticket.

In case of delay, the rules are a little more vague. The DOT says passengers are entitled to compensation for “significant” delays, but the department has yet to define what qualifies as significant.

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This ultimately means, for now, that it is up to each airline to decide how and when to compensate passengers whose flights are delayed.

The DOT announced earlier this week that it plans to clarify these rules and make them more consumer-friendly. On Wednesday, the agency opened a portal for public comment on updates to their cancellation and delay compensation regulations.

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