Holiday travel delays, cancelations at JIA blamed on staffing shortage

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A messy holiday travel weekend in the air put passengers on edge dealing with delays and cancellations across the country, including in Jacksonville.

According to Flight Aware, there were at least 33 delays at JIA Monday and 49 Sunday. Most were from Delta, which delayed 20% of its flights.

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The airline blamed air traffic control, weather, and staffing problems.

Walker Propst flew back to Jacksonville from Columbus, Ohio, on Breeze Airways. His flight was delayed three different times.

“While I was there, I was delayed three times. So, I was there for like four hours,” he said.

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Across the country, there were more than 300 delays Monday and a pilot association expects the trend will continue.

“Expecting us to go beyond levels of exhaustion to get it done. Well, it doesn’t work that way in this business. We’re not making pizzas. We’re flying people on airplanes at near the speed of sound,” Dennis Tajer with Allied Pilots Association said.

He added that if airlines don’t make changes, this trend could last through August. Travel experts recommend booking the first flight out to avoid delays.

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