With the 4th of July just around the corner, officials are expecting this weekend to bring travel to near pre-pandemic levels.
4th of July Crowds at Animal Kingdom in 2021
Many airlines are being forced to reduce, delay, or cancel flights as they face a shortage of workers, and with gas prices continuing to fluctuate, travel is still uncertain despite the high numbers of Americans expected to travel this weekend. With the holiday weekend just days away, airlines are already canceling flights en massewhich does not bode well for travelers taking to the sky soon.
Over 1,000 flights were canceled in the United States this weekend, according to Click Orlando. Saturday saw the cancelation of 634 flightswith over 730 flights canceled on Sunday.
Over 1,000 flights were canceled this weekend.
Delta Airlines was the hardest hit due to weather and unexpected employee absences, the airline said. Orlando International Airport (MCO) is gearing up for a busy weekend, with the recent addition of another airline, Breeze Airways. 1.7 million travelers are expected to arrive at and depart from MCO this holiday weekend, which is only 34,000 passengers short of the 2019 numbers, say airport officials.
Orlando International Airport
If you’re traveling this weekend, experts say to arrive at the airport at least two hours before your flight and check on your flight’s status with the airline before you leave your house. Experts are expecting the busiest day for fliers will be June 2ndbut if you’re driving, expect the most delays on June 30th and July 1st.
If you’re driving, expect delays on June 30th and July 1st.
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If you’re heading to Disney World this 4th of July weekend, Magic Kingdom is already sold out of park passes for the holiday, with the expectation that the other three parks will be exceedingly busy as well. Both Magic Kingdom and EPCOT will have special 4th of July fireworks shows, and there will be lots of limited-time Independence Day-themed snacks and treats!
Patriotic Pluto Photo Op on Independence Day in 2021
Plus, what would a holiday be without a special pair of Minnie ears for the occasion? We’ll be keeping you up to date with more travel and 4th of July news, so make sure to stay tuned to DFB for all the latest!
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