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Everything I have heard is, the aiports are still a mess,and patience is fading fast,,people on the tarmac for hrs on end, and might be at the end of the weekend till it migght be back to normal.
One good thing is a marching band did make it to NYC..I didn't catch where they came in from....That's a very good thing!
Fundamentally, the problem is that flights now are normlly over 80% full, and probably even more full over the holiday period.
If an airline has sold 80% of its seats into and out of a city (New York, for example) and it has to cancel one day's flights, those passengers will fill all available seats for the next four days
unless the airline operates extra flights to clear out the backlog. Further, customers who hold confirmed reservations on the operating flights have priority for those flights so the people whose flights were cancelled have to wait.
If an airline has sold 90% of its seats into and out of a city, as is very likely during the holiday period, the situation is even worse. It will take nine days
to clear out the backlog without extra flights.
But actually, an airline that uses an affected city as a hub might be able to free up some capacity by rerouting some passengers through another hub.