Deja Vu for the 3rd time: Delta Air Lines has cancelled nearly 100 flights this Easter weekend as the airline continues facing pilot staffing challenges. Additionally, we’ve seen a large amount of flights being severely delayed as well this weekend.
We confirmed that flights are being cancelled due to pilot crews not being able to cover these flights, essentially the airline doesn’t have enough pilots available to operate all of its flights scheduled. For Easter Sunday, 82 flights are cancelled at this time.
As a result of these cancellations, it appears that seat blocking will be lifted for the next couple days on all Delta flights.
You’ll recall the past two major holidays last year where Delta had this exact same issue:
- Delta Cancelled 300+ Thanksgiving Day Flights Due to Pilot Staffing.
- Deja Vu: Delta Cancelled 200+ Christmas Flights
Digging into these cancellations it does appear most cancellations are on 737-800/900 and A319/320/321 fleets this weekend. If you’re scheduled to be on one of these planes tomorrow be sure to check to make sure your flight is still operating.
It’s very disappointing to see this, as this is the 3rd major holiday weekend in the past 6 months that Delta has had to cancel tons of flights due to pilot staffing issues.
With Delta’s Thanksgiving cancellations, if you were on a cancelled flight, reports from SkyMiles members is that they were proactively offered a $100 voucher for the inconvenience, so it’s likely that Delta will offer the same compensation for those affected by the Easter cancellations.
Here’s a look at some of the canceled flights tomorrow:
DL 462 New York (LGA) – Atlanta- Cancelled
Delta 1610 Las Vegas – Salt Lake City- Cancelled
Delta 753 New York (JFK)- Tampa- Cancelled
“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, shame on both of us.”
What are your thoughts on Delta’s Easter meltdown cancelling nearly 100 flights? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.