A record-breaking 2.2 million people flew over this Fourth of July weekend. That’s not only the most of any weekend since the start of the pandemic, but some 12,000 more than the same weekend in 2019. The crush of travelers was so intense, both on the roads and in the skies, that it led to skyrocketing fuel prices, rental car shortages and widespread flight disruptions.
For the second weekend in a row, those disruptions hit Southwest and American Airlines hard. On Friday, Southwest — an unusually beloved airline — had more canceled flights than any other airline in the world except Air China, according to the flight tracking site Flight Aware.