Memorial Day travelers experience delays and cancellations at major South Florida airports

MIAMI – Holiday weekend travelers have found a Memorial Day mess at Miami International Airport.

Hundreds of travelers arrived only to find their flights delayed or canceled altogether.

“We were supposed to be on the British Airlines flight at 8:30am yesterday and got here but unfortunately it was cancelled,” said traveler Attila Toth. “Now we’re just trying to figure out how to get to Europe because nothing is available. We called American, we called British Airways but there were no flights available today. So we’re trying to figure out if we can get on a flight tonight or, worst case scenario, tomorrow.

Airlines are blaming the weather for the chaos, which is flooding flight boards at MIA with delays and cancellations.

A family, who spoke to Local 10 News’ Trent Kelly, had been trying to fly home to Germany since Sunday.

“It’s a very long delay, it’s about 24 hours now. It’s stressful,” said traveler Ben Arnold.


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“In the beginning it’s, you know, you only want to go home for the holidays,” Arnold said. “But you get a hotel for the night and it’s all right now. But if it is postponed again or canceled, it will be very bad.

In all, officials said 68 incoming flights at MIA were canceled Monday, with another 38 departing flights cancelled.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport fared slightly better with just 28 total cancellations. However, dozens more were delayed.

“When we woke up this morning we saw it was a two-hour delay,” said FLL traveler Dave Djodesen. “Well, doesn’t seem too busy here, no big deal. Nothing too crazy, just expect it.”

Among the airlines hardest hit is American Airlines, which canceled more than 115 flights Monday, or about 3 percent of its total operations.

It comes as AAA estimates more than three million Americans take to the skies for the extra long weekend.


But with updates on some flights still fairly limited, most of the fliers Local 10 News spoke to were just trying to keep their cool.

“I’m telling you what really sucks is the communication, you just don’t know what’s going on,” Toth said. “So we just stuck with that for 24 hours trying to figure out what the next step is.”

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