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

Help Me Hank puts airline travel to the test

Hank Winchester's view during a July 6, 2022, flight from Detroit Metro Airport to Orlando. (WDIV)

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 a.m. for an 8:30 a.m. 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.

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.

All carriers:

MonthTotal flightsCanceled flightsCanceled flight %Delayed flightsDelayed flight %
April11,7141921.6%2,30720.5%
May12,0812081.3%2,25718.9%
June12,0723302.3%2,24318.8%

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:

MonthTotal flightsCanceled flightsCanceled flight %Delayed flightsDelayed flight %
April33492.9%4112.6%
May27910.3%3712.3%
June326174.5%5415.2%

Delta Airlines:

MonthTotal flightsCanceled flightsCanceled flight %Delayed flightsDelayed flight %
April5,034530.9%99520.8%
May5,2921372.3%97019.2%
June5,2381512.6%99720.3%

Endeavor Air:

MonthTotal flightsCanceled flightsCanceled flight %Delayed flightsDelayed flight %
April1,56780.7%18713.2%
May1,46130.1%16811.2%
June1,378331.9%19513.3%

Republic Airways:

MonthTotal flightsCanceled flightsCanceled flight %Delayed flightsDelayed flight %
April486161.5%10116.1%
May486303.4%10818.6%
June529495.2%7511.7%

SkyWest Airlines:

MonthTotal flightsCanceled flightsCanceled flight %Delayed flightsDelayed flight %
April2,571231%58724.1%
May2,678120.4%48818.3%
June2,628150.8%47918.6%

Southwest Airlines:

MonthTotal flightsCanceled flightsCanceled flight %Delayed flightsDelayed flight %
April30241.5%6022.3%
May31110.2%6722%
June32010.3%5821.6%

Spirit Airlines:

MonthTotal flightsCanceled flightsCanceled flight %Delayed flightsDelayed flight %
April765545.6%18321.6%
May76230.3%17120.4%
June74230.5%9913%

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, D.C. (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.

About the Authors:

Hank Winchester is Local 4's Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV's "Help Me Hank" Consumer Unit. He works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off metro Detroiters.

Derick is the Lead Digital Editor for ClickOnDetroit and has been with Local 4 News since April 2013. Derick specializes in breaking news, crime and local sports.