December 1, 2023

Over the previous week, many flights have been canceled and much more have been delayed attributable to a mixture of dangerous climate and know-how points.  

Carriers have been thrown off observe after thunderstorms began to roll in throughout the East Coast and the Midwest. Nonetheless, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) additionally needed to briefly pause operations at Washington D.C.-area airports Sunday due to a communications system drawback at a serious air visitors management facility. 

On high of this, business consultants have warned that air visitors management is short-staffed, making issues worse.

As an example, on Saturday, United Airways CEO Scott Kirby stated the FAA lowered the arrival charges at Newark – one in every of United’s hubs – by 40% and the departure charges by 75%, which he argued was “virtually actually a mirrored image of understaffing/decrease expertise on the FAA.”


Kathleen Bangs, a former airline pilot and present FlightAware spokesperson, informed FOX Enterprise that with “air visitors management short-staffed, any high-traffic airspace impacted by climate might see extreme delays and cancellations.” 

As issues develop, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg tweeted Friday that the “FAA continues to observe climate and smoke and is engaged carefully with airways to handle potential disruptions.”

Here is what it’s essential know in case your flight will get canceled: 

In case your flight will get canceled, most airways will rebook you without spending a dime on the subsequent obtainable flight so long as it has seats, in keeping with the Transportation Division. 

Individuals wait in line at a checkin counter of JFK Worldwide airport on June 30, 2023 in New York Metropolis. ( David Dee Delgado/Getty Photos  / Getty Photos)

If you wish to cancel the journey, you’re entitled to a full refund, even in case you purchased nonrefundable tickets. You’re additionally entitled to a refund of any bag charges, seat upgrades or different extras.


For cancellations inside an airline’s management, all carriers may also be capable of rebook passengers on a companion airline or one other airline with which it has an settlement without spending a dime, in keeping with the DOT’s dashboard, which helps vacationers examine what advantages the competing airways provide. Allegiant, Frontier, Southwest and Spirit at the moment haven’t made that dedication, in keeping with the dashboard.

Most airways may also do that for important delays which are of their management besides Southwest, Spirit, Hawaiian, Frontier and Allegiant, the dashboard exhibits.

Los Angeles travelers wait at a Southwest Airlines baggage counter

Vacationers wait at a Southwest Airways baggage counter to retrieve their luggage after canceled flights at Los Angeles Worldwide Airport, Monday, Dec. 26, 2022, in Los Angeles.  ((AP Picture/Eugene Garcia) / AP Newsroom)

At present, the Biden administration is pushing for a brand new rule that may require airways to compensate air vacationers and canopy their meals and resort rooms if they’re stranded for causes throughout the airline’s management.

For now, all main carriers provide a meal or meal money/voucher when cancellation ends in passengers ready for 3 hours or extra for a new flight, in keeping with the dashboard. All carriers may also provide a meal or meal money/voucher when flight delay ends in passengers ready at the very least three hours. 


All airways apart from Frontier provide complimentary resort lodging for any passenger affected by an in a single day delay or in a single day cancellation, in addition to complimentary floor transportation to and from the resort, in keeping with the DOT dashboard. 

Alaska and JetBlue are the one two airways, in keeping with the dashboard, that give credit score and journey vouchers when cancellation ends in passengers ready for at the very least three hours from the scheduled departure time. Alaska and JetBlue additionally provide credit score or a voucher within the case of a major delay. 

The Related Press contributed to this report.