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Delta temporarily opens middle seats in response to flight cancelations

April 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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ARLINGTON, VA - JULY 22: A airport employee performs an aircraft disinfecting demonstration during a media preview at the Ronald Reagan National Airport on July 22, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. During the COVID-19 pandemic all Delta employees and passengers are required to wear facemasks while onboard a Delta plane. (Photo by Michael A. McCoy/Getty Images)

Citing several contributing factors, Delta Air Lines canceled approximately 100 flights Sunday.

New York (CNN Business)Citing several contributing factors, Delta Air Lines (DAL) canceled approximately 100 flights Sunday.

We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and the majority have been rebooked for the same travel day," a Delta spokesperson told CNN.

An airline source tells CNN that Delta addressed capacity issues they're facing Sunday and Monday by opening up some middle seats on flights to get customers routed quicker and more efficiently, something the airliner wasn't planning to do across its fleet until May 1.

In April 2020, shortly after the coronavirus pandemic began to spread in the United States, Delta reduced the number of passengers it allowed to board each flight and blocked the sale of middle seats.

Other airlines followed suit, and a year later, Delta was the last remaining airline to keep middle seats unbooked.

And Delta CEO Ed Bastian said the company's research shows that 64% of its pre-pandemic passenger base anticipate having at least dose of the vaccine by that date.

The company also announced Wednesday that the credits customers received for canceling flights last year, which were to expire after 12 months, have been extended through the end of 2022.

On Friday, a new pandemic-era travel record was set with 1,580,785 passengers traveling across the United States.

Saturday marked the 24th consecutive day that more than one million passengers traveled by air across the US, according to data provided by TSA.

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