You’ve seen the flight cancellation issues across the country, but are they really a problem at DTW?

ROMULUS – Delays, flight cancellations and traveler frustration have made for a turbulent few months at airports across the country. But has Detroit Metro Airport dealt with the same problems?

Local 4 Consumer Investigator Hank Winchester took a look at today’s travel experience. He left Detroit early Wednesday morning for Orlando, DTW’s most frequent destination.

READ: Full updates from Help Me Hank’s travel test

Hank arrived at the airport around 5:45 am for an 8:30 am flight. It was still early days, but he wanted to be prepared in case there were any last-minute problems.

As of Wednesday morning, DTW had 11 cancellations, but all affected flights in the other terminal. Hank’s plane landed in Orlando almost on time.

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Hank Winchester checks the status of flights ahead of a flight from Detroit Metro Airport to Orlando on July 6, 2022. (WDIV)

Hank spoke to other travelers who weren’t so lucky. Thousands of flights in the United States are canceled every day due to staffing issues, crowded planes, pilots protesting working conditions, and overworked flight crews.

But overall, the vast majority of DTW flights are unaffected. Since April 1, only 1.7% of all flights have been canceled and 19.2% have been delayed. Delta, Detroit’s best-known airline, canceled 1.9% of flights during that period.

What can you do to adapt to these uncertain travel times? Be flexible. buy insurance. If possible, fly during the week.

Hank Winchester at Detroit Metro Airport before a flight to Orlando on July 6, 2022. (WDIV)

FlightAware has provided some figures showing DTW’s top cancellation targets over the past few months. You can view these stats below.

Here is the total number of canceled DTW flights from April 1st to July 4th, sorted by airline:

  • Delta Airlines: 350 flights canceled in total (1.9% of Delta flights)

  • Republic Airways: 95 (3.3%)

  • Spirit Airlines: 60 (2%)

  • SkyWest Airlines: 50 (0.7%)

  • Jazz Aviation LP: 49 (15.4%)

  • Strive Air: 44 (0.9%)

  • American Airlines: 28 (2.7%)

  • JetBlue: 22 (5.6%)

  • PSA Airlines: 15 (4.1%)

  • GoJet Airlines: 7 (5.9%)

  • United Airlines: 7 (2.9%)

  • Alaska Airlines: 6 (4.7%)

  • Southwest Airlines: 6 (0.6%)

  • Air France: 4 (1.7%)

  • CommutAir: 3 (1.9%)

  • Sent Air: 2 (1.1%)

  • Border airlines: 2 (0.6%)

  • Deutsche Lufthansa AG: 1 (1.5%)

layoffs per month

Here is the number of flights canceled by DTW, broken down by airline and month.

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All carriers:

Month flights total Canceled flights Canceled flight % Delayed flights Delayed flight %
April 11,714 192 1.6% 2.307 20.5%
Can 12,081 208 1.3% 2.257 18.9%
June 12,072 330 2.3% 2,243 18.8%

A NOTICE: Only individual airlines with at least 900 total flights from DTW from the beginning of April to the end of June have been included in this section.

American Airlines:

Month flights total Canceled flights Canceled flight % Delayed flights Delayed flight %
April 334 9 2.9% 41 12.6%
Can 279 1 0.3% 37 12.3%
June 326 17 4.5% 54 15.2%

Delta Airlines:

Month flights total Canceled flights Canceled flight % Delayed flights Delayed flight %
April 5,034 53 0.9% 995 20.8%
Can 5,292 137 2.3% 970 19.2%
June 5.238 151 2.6% 997 20.3%

Strive for air:

Month flights total Canceled flights Canceled flight % Delayed flights Delayed flight %
April 1,567 8th 0.7% 187 13.2%
Can 1,461 3 0.1% 168 11.2%
June 1,378 33 1.9% 195 13.3%

Republic Airways:

Month flights total Canceled flights Canceled flight % Delayed flights Delayed flight %
April 486 16 1.5% 101 16.1%
Can 486 30 3.4% 108 18.6%
June 529 49 5.2% 75 11.7%

SkyWest Airlines:

Month flights total Canceled flights Canceled flight % Delayed flights Delayed flight %
April 2,571 23 1% 587 24.1%
Can 2,678 12 0.4% 488 18.3%
June 2,628 fifteen 0.8% 479 18.6%

Southwest Airlines:

Month flights total Canceled flights Canceled flight % Delayed flights Delayed flight %
April 302 4 1.5% 60 22.3%
Can 311 1 0.2% 67 22%
June 320 1 0.3% 58 21.6%

Spirit Airlines:

Month flights total Canceled flights Canceled flight % Delayed flights Delayed flight %
April 765 54 5.6% 183 21.6%
Can 762 3 0.3% 171 20.4%
June 742 3 0.5% 99 13%

Cancellations by destination

Here are DTW’s destinations with the most cancellations from April 1 to July 4, sorted by airline:

A NOTICE: At least 20 flights were canceled on each of these airlines during this period.

All carriers:

  • Newark – 76 flights canceled (7.3%)

  • La Guardia – 60 (4.9%)

  • Orlando – 31 (2.4%)

  • Toronto – 30 (4.4%)

American Airlines:

  • Dallas-Fort Worth – 11 (2.6%)

  • Charlotte – 10 (2.6%)

  • Miami-5 (4.6%)

  • Phoenix — 2 (1.6%)

delta:

  • La Guardia – 32 (6.2%)

  • San Francisco – 20 (6%)

  • Orlando – 20 (3.3%)

  • feet Lauderdale – 15 (3.4%)

Strive for air:

  • New York (JFK) – 12 (3.1%)

  • Toronto Pearson – 5 (1.7%)

  • Norfolk – 3 (5%)

  • Lehigh Valley – 3 (1.6%)

Jazz Aviation LP:

  • Toronto Pearson – 25 (8.7%)

  • Montreal-Dorval – 24 (34.8%)

JetBlue:

  • New York (JFK) – 12 (6.3%)

  • Boston Logan – 10 (5.1%)

Republic Airways:

  • Newark – 63 (13.2%)

  • LaGuardia – 25 (5.8%)

  • Washington, DC (Reagan) – 4 (2.3%)

SkyWest Airlines:

  • Chicago O’Hare – 4 (0.5%)

  • Tucson — 3 (30%)

  • Cleveland-3 (1.1%)

  • Washington Dulles – 3 (1.1%)

Spirit:

  • Orlando – 10 (2.3%)

  • Los Angeles – 8 (4.2%)

  • Fort Myers – 8 (3.2%)

  • Las Vegas – 6 (3%)

Hank’s travels

Check out the full updates on Hank’s travels in the videos below.

Local 4 knows that many of you have faced travel issues, delays, cancellations and higher prices over the past few months. Consumer Investigator Hank Winchester is in the middle of a Help Me Hank travel test. It began early Wednesday morning (July 6) at Metro Airport and is live from Orlando International Airport this afternoon.
Local 4 Consumer Investigator Hank Winchester took a look at today’s travel experience. He left Detroit early Wednesday morning for Orlando, DTW’s most frequent destination.
Air travel can be beyond frustrating at the moment with so many delays and last minute cancellations. That’s why our Consumer Investigator, Help Me Hank, took a flight from Detroit to Orlando on Wednesday morning. Local 4 has been following Hank’s journey on air and online all day. Reporting from Orlando tonight, he reveals inside information on which Detroit flights have been hit hardest by these sudden problems.

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