Thursday, June 28, 2007

Flight Delays and Cancellations (Continued)

Above is the merry scene of would-be travelers hoping to depart during the Fall of Saigon.

An update, since only Brancatelli and I appear to be monitoring this story that has created travel hell for millions of Americans this week, as the worst summer of air travel in history dawns.

As of 2 p.m., the lull in scheduling for the day:

--Delays were averaging 105 minutes at Newark; 56 minutes at Washington-Dulles; 45 minutes at Houston; 106 minutes at Kennedy; and 79 minutes at LaGuardia.

--Having already canceled 900+ flights from Friday through yesterday, Northwest has canceled another 117 as of 2 p.m. today.

--American Airlines has also entered in the cancellation jackpot. American has canceled 148 flights so far today out of its 2,233 total scheduled flights -- 704 of which have departed.

And a brief update at 7.30 p.m. -- US Airways leads the pack by at least 10 lengths in the dismal-performance race today. As of 7.30, US Air was operating atb a 21 percent ontime rate for the day, and 255 of the 757 flights that had departed were at least 45 minutes late, according to

Still. I hear thunderstorms moving into the New York area, so it ain't over yet. (Update, as of 10. p.m.,, delays were running at 2 to 3 hours at airports in the New York area. The official reason: Weather. What I see out my own window, drizzles. I haven't heard a thunderclap).

Meanwhile, the next time someone tells you that, when traveling to London, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton airports are too inconvenient compared with Heathrow, have a look at this mess in Heathrow (over last Christmastime), via YouTube.


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