Yes - (although it seems not to have been the case here), most of my delays lately have been because the airline cannot handle minor weather setbacks, etc., because of lack of manpower. They have much less ability to bounce back from small snags, and these problems become drawn out.
It's compounded by how the A/C are more full and its much more difficult to reaccomodate, PLUS there is such high staff turnover that many ground staff seem to not know how to reissue tickets, put people on different flights, etc. It seems also that the RULES are more stringent, and they aren't allowed to adjust for a WX
delay to reroute me because the class of service doesn't allow it.
It's all deteriorated so badly. Service is GONE.
(Sorry to steal the thread, if that's what I've done...)