Major US airlines cancel hundreds of flights – Airways Magazine
DALLAS – By early Monday, hundreds of flights had already been canceled in the United States, foreshadowing the impending travel turmoil surrounding the busy Fourth of July holiday weekend.
According to tracking website FlightAware, more than 700 flights across the United States have been canceled as of 9:30 a.m. One in ten flights departing from LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and nearly a fifth (16%) of flights departing from Newark Liberty International Airport (NWR) have been canceled. . At JFK airport in New York, a total of 30 flights (4%) had been canceled.
According to the flight monitoring site, nearly 200 of the hundreds of canceled flights across the country were operated by Delta Air Lines (DL) and 120 by United Airlines (UA). At 9:30 a.m., American Airlines (AA) canceled 60 flights.
Who is to blame?
Large-scale flight cancellations have been a problem in the United States in recent months, in part due to a lack of air traffic controllers on the ground as well as pilot and carrier labor shortages.
Airlines said it had been difficult for them to fill the voids left by the wave of layoffs and resignations from the COVID-19 pandemic. For its part, the trade association Airlines for America (A4A) attributed the travel turmoil to the lack of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic controllers.
The FAA, however, responded by increasing the $50 billion in public funds that airlines got when the pandemic severely disrupted air travel, in response. The FAA said in a statement that when people buy an airline ticket, they expect to get where they need to go “safely, efficiently, reliably and affordably.”
As cited by the New York Post (NYP), “After receiving $54 billion in pandemic relief to help save airlines from mass layoffs and bankruptcy, the American people deserve to have their expectations met.”
According to the most recent forecast from the American Automobile Association (AAA), 3.5 million people are expected to travel over the holiday weekend by road, coinciding with the most recent flight cancellations.
According to the AAA, the last time so few people flew during July 4 was in 2011, telling the NYP that recent air travel problems, cancellations and delays could be at the origin of this increase in land travel.
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