The Wall Street Journal: Rough weekend for holiday travel: Thousands of U.S. flights delayed or canceled

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Thousands of flights were cancelled or delayed over the busy Juneteenth and Father’s Day holiday weekend.

More than 840 flights were cancelled by midafternoon Sunday, with over 3,100 delayed, according to the flight tracking platform FlightAware.

That was an improvement over Saturday, when more than 6,400 flights to, from or around the U.S. were delayed, according to FlightAware. Another 860 were cancelled. 

New York’s three area airports, LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy International and Newark Liberty International, had among the most domestic delays and cancellations Sunday, along with Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta and Logan Airport in Boston, according to FlightAware.

Last month, U.S. airlines were forced to cancel hundreds of flights over Memorial Day weekend as a combination of severe weather and staffing challenges disrupted travel, grounding thousands of travelers.

Airlines have said they are expecting record travel this summer. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg met virtually with airline executives on Thursday and pressed for assurances the industry would be ready for the July 4 holiday and the following two months of peak demand. 

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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