1.5K flights canceled amid ‘record’ 4th of July travel

FILE - Travelers are lining up at O'Hare airport in Chicago, Friday, July 2, 2021. The federal requirement to wear face masks on airplanes and public transportation is scheduled to expire next week, and airline executives and Republican lawmakers are urging the Biden administration to let the mandate die. The fate of the rule — and consideration of an alternate “framework” of moves to limit the spread of COVID-19 — was under discussion Monday, April 11, 2022 within the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

FILE – Travelers are lining up at O’Hare airport in Chicago, Friday, July 2, 2021. The federal requirement to wear face masks on airplanes and public transportation is scheduled to expire next week, and airline executives and Republican lawmakers are urging the Biden administration to let the mandate die. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

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UPDATED 7:43 PM PT – Sunday, July 3, 2022

Thousands of flights were delayed across America during what analysts call a record-setting July 4 travel weekend. According to Flight Aware, at least 15,000 flights have been delayed and another 1,500 flights were canceled as of Sunday amid a surge in demand for air travel.

The data showed that almost 2.5 million people traveled through airports across America as of Friday, setting a new record high since COVID lockdowns.

Airline experts said carriers are facing supply chain problems and sky-high fuel prices that will restrict their ability to satisfy the surging demand.

In a letter on Tuesday, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) urged US Secretary of Transportation Mr. Buttigieg to begin fining airlines for particularly egregious cancellations and delays. Among other proposals, he suggested that airlines should pay $55,000 per passenger for any canceled flight that it was clear in advance they could not staff. Passengers are expressing frustration with delays, cancellation and surging air fare.

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