By Curt St. John
Here’s a head’s up if you happen to be planning a vacation: the largest airline in Minnesota is canceling hundreds of flights this summer.
Flights out of and into Minnesota were canceled last weekend
It’s the phrase no one wants to hear when they’re traveling: Your flight is canceled. Yet, that very phrase is being heard much more frequently in Minnesota these days and is a trend that looks like it will continue through the summer, as well.
So here’s a head’s up if you have a trip booked on Delta Airlines and you’re flying out of the Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport (MSP) in Bloomington. The biggest airline serving Minnesota already canceled hundreds of flights over the Memorial Day Weekend and has canceled hundreds of more flights well into June, July, and August.
So why are these flight cancelations in Minnesota happening?
So what’s behind the cancelations? Delta said it’s a combination of factors, including weather and air traffic control, vendor staffing, and increased COVID case rates contributing to higher-than-planned unscheduled absences, that have all taken a toll on its ability to staff some of those previously-scheduled flights.