Boston Logan International Airport Sees Dozens of Flights Canceled as Weekend Troubles for JetBlue Continue into Monday

April 4, 2022

A spike in flight cancellations that began at Boston Logan International Airport over the weekend continued Monday, affecting dozens of predominantly JetBlue flights.

More than 180 flights departing the Boston airport were interrupted on Sunday, according to the flight monitoring website FlightAware. JetBlue canceled 75 flights passing through Logan.

There were 79 cancellations and 243 delays at the airport Saturday, more than 40% of which were from JetBlue, WCVB reported.

On Monday, passengers saw 38 canceled JetBlue flights arriving or departing from Logan. Spirit Airlines canceled another eight, half its flights through the airport Monday.

A spokesperson for JetBlue told WCVB that severe weather in parts of the country coupled with air traffic control delays were to blame.

“We have unfortunately had to cancel flights this weekend, and [Sunday’s] cancellations will help us reset our operation and safely move our crews and aircraft back into position,” the spokesperson told the news outlet. “We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and we are working to get them on their way as quickly as possible.”

JetBlue is in the process of hiring more than 700 people ahead of an expected busy summer travel spike, CNBC reported on March 25. In a statement, one of the airline’s top executives urged patience from flight attendants he said were refusing to accept flight assignments.

“Please do not refuse an assignment you are assigned to operate; it is disruptive to the operation, lets down your fellow Crewmembers, and disappoints our Customers who rely on us to safely get them to their destination,” Ed Baklor, JetBlue’s head of customer care and programs, said in an email to flight attendants obtained by CNBC.

The flight attendant union said that insinuations by Baklor saying they were to blame for the airline’s operational struggles “could not be further from the truth.”

“It’s time for JetBlue to stop playing the blame game with their flight attendants,” said Gary Peterson, Transport Workers Union International Vice President and Air Division Director. “Our flight attendants showed up and kept this airline flying during the pandemic. Now it’s time for management to show up for them.”

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