Aug 7, 2021 - Economy & Business

Flight cancellation chaos

Passengers outside LAX terminal as Spirit Airlines canceled hundreds of flights earlier this week.
Passengers outside LAX terminal as Spirit Airlines canceled hundreds of flights earlier this week. Photo: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

It's been the travel week from hell for Americans across the country.

Driving the news: Low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines was at the forefront of a disastrous few days of flight cancellations.

  • It was a perfect storm of bad weather, IT outages and not enough people to staff flights — as airlines face a surge of travelers.

By the numbers: Spirit was responsible for 80% of all U.S. flight cancellations on Thursday — when it canceled more than half of its schedule, per data from Flight Aware.

  • The tally: over 1,700 nixed flights this week, with another 300 canceled as of midday, CNN reports.

What they're saying: "There will still be cancellations over the next few days, but we can start to build back to a full operation," CEO Ted Christie told ABC News.

American Airlines also canceled hundreds of flights this week — fallout from a weekend storm that hit Dallas, its biggest hub.

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