More than 1,400 flights scheduled for Friday in the United States, to or from the United States have been canceled, according to flight tracking website FlightAware, as airlines continue to struggle with on-time departures this summer.
In addition to 1,482 cancellations, airlines recorded more than 7,000 delays inside, inside or outside the United States on Friday.
Among US airlines, American Airlines had the most cancellations with 263, while Southwest was second with 193 cancellations.
Airlines have grappled with persistent cancellations and delays this summer that have frustrated customers and lawmakers.
Earlier this week, Democrats introduced the Cash Refunds for Flight Cancellations Act amid flight disruptions.
The measure would require airlines to provide cash refunds to customers if their flights are canceled within 48 hours of the scheduled departure time.
“Enough is enough: Travelers are tired of wasting their precious time fighting airlines to receive their legally required cash refunds,” Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said in a statement. “And they are tired of making flight reservations months in advance, only to face a health scare that forces them to choose between canceling a non-refundable flight or traveling and risking the health of their fellow travelers. travel.”
The flight cancellations and delays come as the airline industry has seen a rebound since the start of the pandemic, with people again traveling in greater numbers as restrictions and pandemic fears ease in the United States. United.