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

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

Local 4 Consumer Investigator Hank Winchester took an inside look at today’s travel experience. He left Detroit early Wednesday morning and flew to Orlando, the most common destination for flights from DTW.

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

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

There were 11 cancellations Wednesday morning at DTW, but they all affected flights in the other terminal. Hank’s plane touched down in Orlando nearly right on time.

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

Hank spoke with other travelers who haven’t been as fortunate. Thousands of flights around the United States are being canceled every day because of staffing issues, full planes, pilots protesting working conditions, and overworked flight crews.

But overall, the vast majority of flights out of DTW haven’t been affected. Since April 1, only 1.7% of all flights have been canceled, and 19.2% have been delayed. Delta, Detroit’s most prominent airline, has canceled 1.9% of flights during that time period.

What can you do to adapt to these uncertain times of travel? Be flexible. Buy insurance. Fly midweek, if possible.

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

FlightAware provided some numbers that show the most common cancellation destinations from DTW over the past few months. You can view those statistics below.

Here are the total number of canceled DTW flights from April 1 through July 4, sorted by airline::

  • Delta Airlines: 350 total flights canceled (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%)

  • Endeavor 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%)

  • Envoy Air: 2 (1.1%)

  • Frontier Airlines: 2 (0.6%)

  • Deutsche Lufthansa AG: 1 (1.5%)

Cancellations by month

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

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All carriers::

Month Total flights Canceled flights Canceled flight% Delayed flights Delayed flight%
April 11,714 192 1.6% 2,307 20.5%
May 12,081 208 1.3% 2,257 18.9%
June 12,072 330 2.3% 2,243 18.8%

NOTE:: Only individual airlines with at least 900 total flights from DTW from the start of April through the end of June were included in this section..

American Airlines::

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

Delta Airlines::

Month Total flights Canceled flights Canceled flight% Delayed flights Delayed flight%
April 5,034 53 0.9% 995 20.8%
May 5,292 137 2.3% 970 19.2%
June 5,238 151 2.6% 997 20.3%

Endeavor Air::

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

Republic Airways::

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

SkyWest Airlines::

Month Total flights Canceled flights Canceled flight% Delayed flights Delayed flight%
April 2,571 twenty three 1% 587 24.1%
May 2,678 12 0.4% 488 18.3%
June 2,628 15 0.8% 479 18.6%

Southwest Airlines::

Month Total flights Canceled flights Canceled flight% Delayed flights Delayed flight%
April 302 Four 1.5% 60 22.3%
May 311 1 0.2% 67 twenty two%
June 320 1 0.3% 58 21.6%

Spirit Airlines::

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

Cancellations by destination

Here are the destinations from DTW that had the most cancellations from April 1 through July 4, sorted by carrier::

NOTE:: These carriers each had at least 20 flights canceled during this time 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%)

  • Ft. Lauderdale –15 (3.4%)

Endeavor 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%)

  • Montréal-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

You can watch the full updates from Hank’s travels in the videos below..

Local 4 knows that many of you have faced travel troubles in the past few months, delays, cancellations, and higher prices. Consumer Investigator Hank Winchester is in the middle of a Help Me Hank travel test right now. He started early Wednesday (July 6) ) morning at Metro Airport, and he’s live from Orlando International Airport this afternoon.
Local 4 Consumer Investigator Hank Winchester took an inside look at today’s travel experience. He left Detroit early Wednesday morning and flew to Orlando, the most common destination for flights from DTW.
Air travel right now can be beyond frustrating, with so many delays and last-minute cancellations. That’s why our Consumer Investigator Help Me Hank hopped a flight from Detroit to Orlando Wednesday morning. Local 4 has followed Hank’s journey all-day on-air and online. Tonight, he’s reporting from Orlando and revealing insider information on which Detroit flights have been most affected by these sudden problems.

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