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Wave of Airline Flight Delays This Year Mostly Self-Inflicted

  • New data show US airline-caused flight delays at record levels
  • Carriers say they are improving following ‘Covid hangover’
Travelers at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on July 1.

Travelers at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on July 1.

Photographer: Angus Mordant/Bloomberg
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The share of US flight delays caused by airlines, as opposed to weather or air traffic control, has surged to the highest level on record, reflecting carriers’ struggle in the post-Covid rebound.

Through April, airlines triggered about 58% of late flights so far in 2022, surpassing those that were tardy due to storms, the government’s air-traffic system and security glitches, according to data reviewed by Bloomberg News.