New report blames airlines for most flight cancellations

May 2, 2023
The figures did not include the 16,700 late-December cancellations at Southwest that followed the breakdown of the airline's crew-rescheduling system, The Associated Press reports.

WASHINGTON - Congressional investigators said in a report Friday that an increase in flight cancellations as travel recovered from the pandemic was due mostly to factors that airlines controlled, including cancellations for maintenance issues or lack of a crew, the Associated Press reports. Continue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

2 May 2023 - The Government Accountability Office (GAO) says in its report that "cancellation rates in the last 6 months of 2021 outpaced 2018 and 2019 rates despite 14 percent fewer scheduled flights."

The GOA, citing Department of Transportation (DOT) data, says that "factors within the airlines’ control (e.g., aircraft maintenance or lack of crew) were the leading cause of cancellations from October through December 2021 as well as in April 2022 and airline-caused delays increased for nearly all airlines in the last half of 2021."

The GOA report is available here:

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
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