LaGuardia Airport sees 1000+ cancellations, flight delays

“Finally Boarding!!”

Emily Raila

Hundreds of cancellations plagued the LGA on Thursday

This was the text I sent to my friends after boarding my flight at around 3:02 pm, which was originally scheduled for departure at 12:55 pm. Technically, this was the second flight I should have been on – the first was a 9:30 a.m. flight to Washington, DC, (DCA), but was canceled without explanation, about two hours before the scheduled departure .

I heaved a sigh of relief as I was stuck on my Delta flight and prepared for a very late takeoff, just happy that I would make it to my nation’s capital before dark.

(Narrator: In fact, she won’t make it before it gets dark.)

My flight was one of 1,000 flight disruptions—including more than 600 cancellations—at New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Thursday due to bad weather, staff shortages and pilot strikes between airlines. Many people, myself included, faced hours of waiting times at terminals and tarmacs, leading to overcrowding of runways and waiting areas.

I noticed that the plane was taking an unusually long time to taxi, but it took off to a congested runway, which is exactly what we were told initially – inbound and outbound at the airport Crowded due to delay.

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backup of planes on the runway,

About an hour and a half had passed. The problem of congestion became a problem of the weather and 40 more minutes passed. Morale was low, but a wonderful biscotti cookie gave me enough sustenance and sanity to not lose my temper. When words fail, snacks really speak.

We were then told that the DCA was at a ground stop (meaning no more aircraft could land there on the tarmac) and that it would be an indefinite time until we left, and then we had to unfasten our seatbelts and take our The seat was allowed to fold. Cell phone services back on.

After four hours on the tarmac (30 due to congestion on the runway), we returned to the gate where we were asked to “explore future travel plans”.

Translation: Wait in a 150+ person long line at the Delta help desk, about three hours from the time I exited the plane and walked to the back of the line until I saw an agent at the desk.

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Long line for customer service. The wait from this point was about 1.5 hours.

Thankfully, I was able to make two new friends named Lauren and Ruth, who helped me laugh during the never-ending waiting period, both not in New York and now stranded in the city.

Pro-tip: In times of need, your best ally may just be the stranger in the seat in front of you.

I returned home around midnight, defeated, and cried at McNuggets’ orders, after more than 14 hours at the airport.

information about flying It is estimated that LaGuardia had a total of 505 delayed flights on Thursday, as well as 454 canceled flights. It made for a congested LGA.

Two New York passengers, Patrick and Riley, arrived late on the tarmac for hours after being told that there were 57 planes waiting to take off in front of them.

By late Friday evening around 4 p.m., 249. Were informed of Flight delays and 219 cancellations.

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Look all that red!

“We know that spending extra time on your flight to depart New York, then return gate and cancel is not what you planned for today,” Delta wrote to me in an email Friday morning. “Bad weather, lack of ATC and taxi congestion prevented us from operating as planned. Although we cannot control the weather, we are aware of the fact that it makes for a disappointing travel experience. I am very sorry for the inconvenience.”

lack of staff may also be to blame,

Earlier this season, airlines warned of summer cancellations and low volumes of flights.

New Yorker Abigail Dowd was flying from Savannah, Georgia, to the LGA on Friday when she learned that her 1:21 p.m. flight had been canceled.

“My sister texted me at 8:24 this morning asking for my flight information,” Dowd said. “I opened the Delta app to send him a screenshot of my ticket and it said this.”

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“I panicked immediately,” she said. “I checked my email: nothing. No rerouting or rebooking from Delta… Normally, they give you the option for a callback, which was not offered.”

Dow eventually had to rebook a new flight on JetBlue in hopes of getting it back to LGA the same day, noting that most flights were already fully booked.

“I honestly can’t even believe I even made it today,” she admitted. “Even if you looked at other cities and/or connections, everything was booked.”

Delta pilots also issued an open letter to passengers mourning the state of the flight, explaining that the pilot shortage was taking a toll on the experience as a whole.

“We’re working our vacation days, flying record overtime to help you get to your destination,” Letter reads. “At the current rate, by this fall, our pilots will have flown more overtime in 2022, which is our busiest year to date, than in the entirety of 2018 and 2019.

Delta had previously warned that they would be canceling about 100 flights a day in July and August due to staffing shortages, following in the footsteps of Alaska Airlines and JetBlue Airways, which have planned to cut their flight schedules this summer. has planned.

A Spirit Airlines passenger, Ben Utley, was leaving the LGA to go to Myrtle Beach.

“I was on the flight at 6:55 am, we were not informed of any delay until it was supposed to take off, they lined us up and then pushed the flight to 10 am,” They said. “Once we boarded, we sat on the runway for 1.5 hours and then they told us we would fly west to avoid the storm and extend our short flight to an hour Will give.”

entrepreneur Contacted the Port Authority, which runs LaGuardia Airport. He did not comment further on the matter.

It is estimated that the US 2 million. takes care of Air travelers one day domestically, with disruptions becoming more common lately As air travel starts reaching epidemic levels again.