WKYT | Lexington, Kentucky | News

Record flight cancellations this winter

This winter

MGN Online

NEW YORK (AP) - This winter's relentless storms have led to the highest number of flight cancellations in more than 25 years.

An Associated Press analysis of information provided by FlightAware finds that U.S. airlines have canceled more than 75,000 domestic flights since Dec. 1, including roughly 14,000 this week. That's more than 5 percent of the 1.35 million flights scheduled during that period.

But the winter storms aren't entirely to blame. Airlines are quicker to cancel flights rather than waiting for a break in the weather, in part because of new government regulations that increase the amount of rest pilots need and prohibit airlines from keeping passengers on the tarmac for three hours or more.

Making things worse, as airlines cut unprofitable flights and pack more passengers into planes, passengers whose flights are canceled are finding other planes too full to take them. That's left some waiting days for another flight.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus

WKYT

2851 Winchester Rd. Lexington, Ky 40509 859-299-0411 - switchboard 859-299-2727 - newsroom
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 245564841 - wkyt.com/a?a=245564841
Gray Television, Inc.