More than 550 flights in the U.S. had been canceled by 8:40 p.m. ET Friday. Delta Air Lines expects customer volumes that it has "not seen since before the pandemic" The FAA says thunderstorms are possible Friday in portions of the South, Southwest, Southeast, Northeast and Midwest.

Weather could cause delays in Florida, New York and Washington, DC. So far this year, US airlines have canceled 3.5% of flights, which is up 42% over 2019. Last weekend (June 24-26), airlines canceled 2,200 flights in the United States.

Airlines for America and the FAA plan for potential weather disruptions over the July 4 weekend. A4A says its members are working to hire employees in many roles to address staffing shortages. Off-duty Delta pilots picketed this week at major hubs over schedules and pay.

Delta has already preemptively trimmed about 100 daily flights from its schedule. United Airlines, JetBlue and Alaska Airlines have also trimmed their summer schedules. "Bottom line here is that the airlines that are selling these tickets need to have the crews and the staff to back up those sales," Buttigieg says.
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