Flight cancellations, delays in Boston continue after frustrating air travel weekend

Flight cancellations and delays continue Monday at Logan International Airport in Boston after travelers were stuck waiting in terminals for hours during the weekend. As of 9:45 am Monday, FlightAware reported 50 flight cancellations and 62 delays.More than 100 flights coming into or departing from Logan Airport were canceled and more than 200 were delayed Sunday. The vast majority of cancellations were JetBlue flights, leaving luggage stranded and frustrated customers.On Saturday, FlightAware reported that Logan saw 79 total flight cancellations and 243 total delays. JetBlue accounted for 33 of those canceled flights and 131 of the delayed flights into or out of Boston on Saturday.Other major airlines with a smaller number of cancellations and delays at Logan Airport this weekend included Spirit, Southwest, American, Delta, Frontier, Alaska , and Allegiant.The number of flight cancellations and delays in Boston and across the country is leading to checked bags being separated from travelers, and therefore a luggage pileup. A spokesperson for JetBlue said the number of flight delays and cancellations is not specific to JetBlue, and that severe weather in the Southeast and multiple air traffic control delay programs have created significant impacts on the industry over the past several days.”It’s much more than weather. The main culprit – there’s a lot of things, but the main culprit – is a pilot shortage, as well as flight attendant shortages and mechanic shortages. The airline industry is experiencing the same thing that a lot of other industries are experiencing,” said Tom Kinton, of Kinton Aviation Consulting. According to the Transport Workers Union of America, Ed Baklor, head of JetBlue’s Customer Care and Programs, issued a statement on March 28 that indicated the operational problems at JetBlue are being caused by flight attendants refusing to accept assignments. The union said, in a news release, that Baklor’s statement could not be further from the truth. “It’s time for JetBlue to stop playing the blame game with their flight attendants,” Gary Peterson, TWU International Vice President and Air Division Director, said in the union’s statement. “Our flight attendants showed up and kept this airline flying during the pandemic. Now it’s time for management to show up for them.” “Flight attendants are not the cause of these problems. They are the reason customers come back to JetBlue,” TWU International President John Samuelsen said in the union’s statement. “The TWU is ready to meet on these issues immediately. It is time for JetBlue to take responsibility for poor management decisions and to come to the table to negotiate real solutions that will address the real problems.”

Flight cancellations and delays continue Monday at Logan International Airport in Boston after travelers were stuck waiting in terminals for hours during the weekend.

As of 9:45 am Monday, FlightAware reported 50 flight cancellations and 62 delays.

More than 100 flights coming into or departing from Logan Airport were canceled and more than 200 were delayed Sunday. The vast majority of cancellations were JetBlue flights, leaving luggage stranded and frustrated customers.

On Saturday, FlightAware reported that Logan saw 79 total flight cancellations and 243 total delays. JetBlue accounted for 33 of those canceled flights and 131 of the delayed into or out of Boston on Saturday flights.

Other major airlines with a smaller number of cancellations and delays at Logan Airport this weekend included Spirit, Southwest, American, Delta, Frontier, Alaska, and Allegiant.

The number of flight cancellations and delays in Boston and across the country is leading to checked bags being separated from travelers, and therefore a luggage pileup.

A spokesperson for JetBlue said the number of flight delays and cancellations is not specific to JetBlue, and that severe weather in the Southeast and multiple air traffic control delay programs have created significant impacts on the industry over the past several days.

“It’s much more than weather. The main culprit – there’s a lot of things, but the main culprit – is a pilot shortage, as well as flight attendant shortages and mechanics. The airline industry is experiencing the same thing that a lot of other industries are experiencing,” said Tom Kinton, of Kinton Aviation Consulting.

According to the Transport Workers Union of America, Ed Baklor, head of JetBlue’s Customer Care and Programs, issued a statement on March 28 that indicated the operational problems at JetBlue are being caused by flight attendants refusing to accept assignments. The union said, in a news release, that Baklor’s statement could not be further from the truth.

“It’s time for JetBlue to stop playing the blame game with their flight attendants,” Gary Peterson, TWU International Vice President and Air Division Director, said in the union’s statement. “Our flight attendants showed up and kept this airline flying during the pandemic. Now it’s time for management to show up for them.”

“Flight attendants are not the cause of these problems. They are the reason customers come back to JetBlue,” TWU International President John Samuelsen said in the union’s statement. “The TWU is ready to meet on these issues immediately. It is time for JetBlue to take responsibility for poor management decisions and to come to the table to negotiate real solutions that will address the real problems.”

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