Thousands of flights canceled as the busy summer travel season intensifies

Airlines struggle to recover after canceling more than 2,800 flights Since Thursday with the spread of bad weather in the Northeast.

The majority of cancellations and delays occurred Thursday as the storms passed. Then the turmoil descended until Friday as carriers worked to recover from travel chaos.

According to flight tracking website FlightAware, the airports that have seen the most cancellations are New York City-area airports, Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport.

In this file photo on May 27, 2022, travelers wait in line to check-in at Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles.

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Airline executives met Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Thursday to discuss how to prevent widespread cancellations and delays ahead of the July 4 holiday.

Buttigieg lobbied airlines for their ability to reliably operate holiday schedules and demanded that they improve customer experience, a source familiar with the meeting told ABC News.

The minister also said the FAA would continue to keep air traffic smooth and on schedule after criticism from some industry groups that ground layoffs and delays caused by weather and employment issues led to many delays over Memorial Day weekend.

The Federal Aviation Administration says it is working to hire more air traffic controllers for its facilities as it has had to reduce air traffic in some of its busiest airspace due to daily staff shortages.

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