Number of flights cancelled DOUBLES in a week amid warning chaos will last for years
The number of canceled flights doubled in a week to nearly 700 Monday morning amid a sharp warning from industry experts that the travel chaos will last for years.
Airlines reported nearly 600 delays as of 8 a.m., according to tracking service FlightAware, with airports in New York City, Atlanta and Boston being the hardest hit by disruptions.
It’s a huge increase in cancellations since last Monday, when airlines canceled 380 flights.
Aviation experts blame pilot shortages and warn that it will take years to fix the problem and that there will be a summer of chaos.
Industry expert David Slotnick said: “The pilot shortage is not going to be solved in the coming years, so the best airlines can do in that area is to use the pilots they have as strategically as possible, plan flights well and prioritize routes as efficiently as possible.” . if possible.’
Congressional leaders are demanding that airlines provide answers to why disruptions continue, especially as the industry received $50 billion in aid during the pandemic in an effort to keep businesses afloat.
Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg has made tackling aviation chaos a priority, even claiming his department could force airlines to hire more staff.
Flight disruptions have had a trickle through the entire travel industry, making it more difficult to access rideshares, car rentals or public transportation.
New Yorkers returning home from Miami, Florida, Sunday night told DailyMail.com that they had waited more than an hour for a taxi at LaGuardia Airport. Uber and Lyft orders were not picked up.
The US has been hit by a second week of travel slump with nearly 700 flights canceled Monday morning. Airlines also reported nearly 600 delays
It’s a huge increase in cancellations since last Monday, when airlines canceled 380 flights
Footage taken at the airport shows the taxi queue stretching the entire length of the baggage terminal.
The long wait for a taxi also came after the travelers’ flight was delayed 90 minutes due to a ground stop on flights arriving at LGA.
It is unclear why flights to the airport were halted. DailyMail.com has reached out to the airport and the NYC Port Authority agency for comment.
Flight disruptions have had a seepage effect across the travel industry. New Yorkers returning from Miami, Florida, Sunday night told DailyMail.com they had to wait more than an hour for a taxi at LaGuardia Airport
New Yorkers can expect more airport delays Monday after Newark Liberty Airport, LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy Airport have already reported disruptions.
Newark, LGA and JFK canceled 16, nine and four percent of routes, respectively.
NYC appears to have been hit hardest by Monday’s airline disruptions, followed by Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, which had canceled four percent of routes as of 8 a.m.
Travelers in Boston should also prepare to spend extra time at Logan International Airport, after 22 flights were canceled and 14 delayed Monday morning.
NYC appears to be hardest hit by Monday’s airline disruptions, followed by Atlanta. Travelers are photographed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on June 22
Monday’s disruptions follow a weekend of chaos with more than 2,000 cancellations and at least 13,000 delays between Friday and Sunday.
TSA agents screened 2,462,097 people at national airport security checkpoints on Sunday, June 26 — the highest daily number since Feb. 11, 2020 (pre-Covid) when 2,507,588 people were screened, spokesman Lisa Farbstein said.
“Airports are busy places, plan to arrive early,” she warned in a tweet Monday.
Delta Air Lines, United Airlines Holdings Inc and Republic Airlines Inc had more than 100 cancellations every Monday, while American Airlines Group Inc canceled 51 nationwide flights.
This is because U.S. consumers filed more than three times as many complaints against U.S. airlines in April, compared to pre-pandemic levels, as on-time arrivals fell, according to a Department of Transportation report.
In April, major airlines booked on-time arrivals at 76 percent, down from 77.2 percent in March and below 79.8 percent in April 2019.
Airlines operated 566,893 flights in April, about 87 percent of the flights in the same month in 2019.
Since early spring, social media has been awash with complaints from stranded passengers who missed vacations, important events and business appointments due to airline disruptions.
Airlines, which first cited staff shortages from the COVID-19 pandemic era and high demand for travel as the reasons for repeated disruptions, have shifted blame for widespread flight delays to the Federal Aviation Administration
TSA agents screened 2,462,097 people at national airport security checkpoints on Sunday, June 26 – the highest daily number since February 11, 2020
Traveler Brian Walsingham took to Twitter Monday morning to warn American Airlines, one of the country’s largest airlines, of delaying its flight in Dallas, Texas by 14 hours.
Hugo Acha, who also travels from Dallas, criticized American for delaying or canceling at least six routes he and his family had booked. He asked, “What’s going on?”
Another passenger, Ken Domik, noted how prepared he was for longer wait times at the Los Angeles International Airport due to rising travel demand, so he arrived three hours early for his flight to Toronto. In the end, he had to wait seven hours at LAX because the flight was delayed four hours.
The grim stories foreshadow a potentially busy July 4 holiday, according to AAA, as more than 47 million Americans are expected to travel over the holiday weekend, with 3.5 million of those travelers expected to travel by air.
Social media has been awash with complaints from stranded passengers who missed vacations, important events and business appointments due to airline disruptions
Earlier this month, Buttigieg arranged a virtual meeting with the chief executives of major US airlines to discuss thousands of recent flight cancellations and delays over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. He urged airlines to ensure that they can reliably operate scheduled summer schedules.
Airlines for America, which represents the largest U.S. airlines, said Friday it wants to know the FAA’s staffing plans for the July 4 holiday weekend, “so we can plan accordingly.”
The industry group’s comments could serve as a preemptive defense in the event that airlines again face thousands of canceled and delayed flights over the holiday weekend, when travel is expected to hit new peaks in the pandemic era.
“The industry is actively and deftly doing everything possible to create a positive customer experience as it is in an airline’s inherent interest to keep customers happy so that they return for future business,” said Nicholas Calio, president of the airline. trade group, in a letter. to transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg.
Calio said airlines have canceled 15 percent of flights they originally planned for June through August to make the remaining flights more reliable, hire and train more pilots and customer service representatives, and give passengers more flexibility to schedule their flights. change travel plans.
Calio said air traffic is often disrupted “for many hours” as bad weather causes the FAA to issue delays.
Slotnick, who responded to the letter, reiterated that air traffic control staffing problems were a “longstanding” problem that “made worse during the pandemic.”
“It’s a difficult problem to solve, but it can cause huge disruptions when traveling,” he explained.
“The airlines were hesitant this spring to openly blame the FAA, but with Sec. Buttigieg and the DOT are threatening to penalize airlines for the disruptions, it seems the airlines want to make it clear that this situation is not their fault alone.”