Delta cancelations pile up, tricky travel season ahead

If current trends continue, it could be a tough time traveling this summer.

Over the holiday weekend, more than 5,000 flights were cancelled around the world – including several at Minneapolis St. Paul International (MSP). At least 16 flights were canceled and more than 50 flights were delayed at MSP, Sunday.

Leading the way in cancelations at MSP: Delta.

This could be just the start to a rough travel season for Delta customers. Recently, Delta announced it will have 100 fewer flights during July and part of August – the popular airline cited weather, air traffic control, vendor staffing and increased COVID case rates as their reasoning for the scale back.

Memorial Day weekend was one of the busiest travel weekends since the start of the pandemic – Saturday, Delta cancelled 9% of their flights.

One of their cancelled flights Sunday was supposed to take Tim Thomdson home to Colorado after traveling internationally.

“I’m exhausted,” Thomdson said to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS at MSP, adding: “This is the second or third time this year [that] I’ve been on a been canceled.”

To add-on, airline ticket prices are up – travel data from Hopper shows the average round trip ticket cost 24% more than this time in 2019, and 45% more than a year ago, at $400.

In case of cancelation, Thrifty Traveler (https://thriftytraveler.com/) shared tips of what you can do: https://thriftytraveler.com/guides/what-to-do-when-an-airline-cancels-your-flight/