Flight cancellations continue at MSP Monday
Cancellations at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) are continuing Monday, contributing to ongoing holiday travel headaches across the country.
As of Monday afternoon, MSP reported there were 15 flights canceled and 27 flights delayed. That’s on top of 16 cancellations and 50 delayed flights Sunday.
Total numbers of disrupted flights at MSP are updated at the bottom of this page.
Throughout the holiday weekend, there were more than 5,000 flights canceled across the globe, and at least 2,000 of those were in the United States alone.
At MSP, Delta has had the highest amount of cancellations, and travelers could see impacts beyond the holiday weekend.
According to the company, there will be 100 fewer flights per day than normal throughout the month of July, and company officials cited weather, staffing, and COVID-19 as a few reasons for the cuts.
Kyle Potter, executive editor of Minnesota-based Thrifty Traveler, says this isn’t the first time an airline has struggled since travel started to rebound last summer.
“For an airline that has really built its brand around being reliable, this one hurts,” Potter said. “The underlying factor between all of them is that airlines downsized at the start of the pandemic […] Because they needed to get small fast to stop losing hundreds of millions of dollars a day. And that was great for a while and then around this time last year, travel really started to pick back up. And all of a sudden, airlines aren’t big enough to handle the amount of travel demand that is out there.”
The ongoing delays are leaving many passengers exhausted as travel ramps up.
“We were going home to Raleigh, North Carolina, and it was supposed to be yesterday at 8 p.m., but it got canceled, so now we have to fly to Atlanta and then we’re flying from Atlanta to RDU now,” said one passenger, who was sad he couldn’t see his dad.
On top of delays and cancellations, flight prices have also increased.
Experts say an average round trip ticket is up about 25% from 2019 and about 33% higher than last year.