This year’s peak holiday travel season—from Thanksgiving through Christmas—might just be messier than usual. That’s because of the additional delays to the return of the Boeing 737 Max, which U.S. airlines were predicting to return in early November, and a scramble for carriers to reroute and rebook passengers on impacted flights.
Two major domestic airlines recently pushed the Boeing 737 Max off their schedules even further: American Airlines announced it will push the 737 Max off its schedule until December 3, and United Airlines says the aircraft now will not return to operations until December 19.
For American, this means about 140 canceled flights each day, while United says roughly 2,800 flights will be canceled in the month of November and about 1,700 from December 1 to 19. All Boeing 737 Max planes have been grounded worldwide since March, after 346 people were killed during two fatal Max plane crashes, on Indonesia’s Lion Air in October 2018 and Ethiopian Airlines in March 2019.