About 800 flights have been canceled and nearly 3,000 delayed – the third day of travel hardship for thousands of Americans seeking to begin their summer vacation.
A total of 8,900 delays and 1,470 cancellations canceled U.S. trips on Friday, and more than 1,700 were canceled on Thursday.
Airlines have blamed a week of turbulent weather for serious delays and cancellations. The Midwest experienced a severe storm earlier this week, causing major delays as thousands of passengers tried to switch flights.
Most parts of the United States are currently under heat warning, which could affect travel, as flights use a lot of fuel in extreme heat – which means weight restrictions are tight.
This week saw the collective delay as thousands took their annual leave and extended summer travel.
According to USA Today, Delta and American Airlines ticket holders were most disappointed when the airline’s flight schedule dropped by 6 and 4 percent, respectively.
A U.S. Airlines spokesman told USA Today that most of the cancellations were “weather-related.”
Passengers in New York’s Lagarde (pictured) have experienced thousands of cancellations in the past few days, with nearly 800 cancellations and nearly 3,000 delays on Saturday.
Other airports, such as Chicago O’Hare (pictured), have seen an increase in passenger numbers since the onset of summer.
The ongoing trend of frustrated passengers and the high number of cancellations prompted Transport Secretary Pete Butigieg to ask airline officials to clean up their work and avoid another flight crash before July 4.
Butigig, along with millions of other passengers, is tired of feeling like the airlines are constantly canceling without apology. The father of two has given the airline executives a short period of two weeks to clean up the mess and guarantee passengers can enjoy a patriotic weekend and summer without airport stress.
‘At the end of the day, they got to deliver,’ Butigig said Show today. Democrats met with top airline officials Thursday to warn them to avoid the Memorial Day disaster, where 2,700 flights were canceled.
Lindsey Roeschke, a travel and hospitality analyst at Morning Consult, told DailyMail.com that airlines will not be able to make a complete change in a two-week period, as many airlines are “negotiating with pilot unions.”
A spokesman for American Airlines said the cancellations and delays were mainly due to bad weather as lower parts of the US experienced worse conditions on Friday (above) and Saturday (below).
“It will not be completed in the next two weeks,” she told DailyMail.com on Friday. And she said passengers have more “hope” than ever before, as travel has become such a prestigious activity that only Kim Kardashian, who can afford a private island and a private jet, can afford it.
However, a recent Flight Awareness Survey shows that the number of people canceling domestic flights between January 1 and June 13 has increased by only one percentage point from two percent to three percent compared to 2019.
‘2022 cancellations have not increased significantly over the past years,’ Roeschke told DailyMail.com on Friday. “Airlines are always trying to stick to their schedule.”
Airlines for America, an organization representing major American airlines, said in a statement that “it always strives to provide safe and uninterrupted travel.”
However, Roeschke said that despite Boutigig’s demand for a seamless trip for the upcoming big holiday in the next two weeks, “we are unlikely to reach the weekend with zero interruptions.”
“Because people are excited about the trip, the frustrations and expectations are a bit high,” Roshke told DailyMail.com.
Moreover, analysts said consumer expectations have risen since the two summer stays, which is driving the current ‘revenge travel’ trend, which means more passengers are moving to new destinations and fun destinations than in the past two years.
‘If you cancel your summer vacation [last year]Your expectations may be high, ‘Roeschke told DailyMail.com on Friday, causing some tourists to forget that canceling flights is sometimes unavoidable with the weather and not always knowing the ins and outs of keeping planes on the ground, such as scarcity.
“Consumers are less aware of the lack of pilots,” she told DailyMail.com.
Demand for travel from pre-epidemic levels has risen 87 percent nationally, and Florida is sinking further as travelers want a good cocktail on a sandy beach two years after their meeting room. All of Florida’s major airports exceeded demand by 100 percent compared to pre-epidemic levels, the Today Show reported.
“We’re definitely going to see a summer where people are traveling,” Roshke told DailyMail.com on Friday.
At the peak of travel growth, airlines – such as Delta, United, Southwest, and JetBlue – are experiencing a severe pilot shortage. Airlines have been forced to ground planes and reschedule, leaving many frustrated passengers stranded at airports and tarmac.
Transport Secretary Pete Butigig (pictured) gave major airlines two weeks to get passengers into the sky months after complaints of clearing and canceling their work. “At the end of the day, they had to deliver,” he said
Experts estimate that an additional 14,500 pilots will be hired each year for the next eight years to meet demand. But on an average, only 5,000 are employed each year.
Airlines are now rushing to return pilots who lost their jobs in the epidemic.
Piedmont and Envoy, two regional carriers owned by American Airlines, recently proposed a 50 percent increase as an incentive for pilots. This has put pressure on big airlines to follow suit, with many firing pilots during air travel in 2020.
Passengers should expect not only fewer pilots in the cockpit, but fewer TSA agents to pull laptops out of their backpacks, as they are expected to embrace the difficult travel season.
Pre-epidemic, there were about 50,000 TSA agent employees, but in the last two years, that number has dropped to 46,000.
Many TSA checkpoints were closed at the height of the epidemic in 2020 – creating barriers to already congested ports.
On top of that, the TSA lost many workers last year due to the vaccination mandate. No official figures have been released on how many agents lost their jobs during the epidemic, but the agency is recruiting across the country.
But it’s not just the chaos at the airport that’s driving passengers crazy, but the boom for their money.
With staff shortages and high inflation pushing everything from airline tickets to food, passengers are spending 30 percent more on flights than in 2019. As the US enters the summer season, prices have plummeted 12.6 percent since April.
In a recent survey by Morning Consult, 83 per cent of passengers said price was a “high priority”.
Additionally, opting for a good hail U.S. road trip can be as expensive as a flight, as gas prices rise to an average of $ 5 per gallon, compared to other states like California, which average about $ 6.50.
Passenger numbers are rising back to pre-epidemic levels. This chart shows the same week in the last three years
A recent survey by the US Travel Association found that one in ten people will not be able to travel by road this year due to increased costs and gas.
Earlier, when the global financial crisis started in the summer of 2008, the record was डलर 4.11.
“Traditionally, we can see that people are considering trading for road travel, but gas prices are not really affordable right now,” Roshke told DailyMail.com on Friday.
“Passengers want to travel this summer, but they feel they can’t win.”
A recent survey by the US Travel Association found that one in ten people will not be able to travel by road this year due to increased costs.
Joseph Jones, a 52-year-old man from Dallas, planned to go to Nashville, visiting various Civil War sites along the way, but canceled his trip after spending $ 60 to fill his Ford Escape.
“I thought, ‘This is crazy,'” he told Bloomberg in a recent interview.
Another passenger, Kevin NG, a teacher at a secondary school in California, told DailyMail.com that his plans to drive from Southern California to the Pacific Northwest to meet friends and family were ruined by the increase.
‘I am 1 in 10. I had plans at first, but it all failed. Rising gas prices make rent more expensive and groceries more expensive.
“With the new management, there were some problems with the company I was working for, and there was a mess in the salary.
‘Payment is coming, but at a different schedule.
‘In general, because of the global situation, our company has been affected by so much disorganization and low morale where everyone is trying to blame others. But yes: there is no fund, ‘he said.
According to a recent survey by the US Travel Association, the overall cost of travel has risen by 18 percent since 2019, but Americans are fearless.
About 25 million Americans, or three-quarters of the country, are planning a home vacation, according to an April study by insurance company Allianz.
According to the morning consultation survey, 80 percent said they still plan to try domestically and 25 percent internationally. In any case, Roshke said she hopes the international numbers will increase, considering that the data was collected before the mask and test mandate was revoked.
International travelers can also expect a long wait at customs, due to staffing issues. With fewer TSA workers stamping passports and questioning why passengers are entering the US, tourists can expect to wait hours on slow-moving lines.
A tired passenger told DailyMail.com that he waited two hours to cross from New York’s JFK on Sunday night after taking off from London because two CBP agents were screening passengers there.
‘After a seven-hour flight from London (including landing canceled due to heavy traffic), I had to wait more than two hours to get my TSA passport out of control. They had only three employees at the desk of the non-US citizen section.
‘Part of the US citizens seem to be well staffed (their waiting time dipped below’ minimum 60 minutes’ during our wait).
“It’s a scary first impression for tourists visiting the United States. There were some unfortunate souls who were getting connected flights and had to beg to go in front of the queue so that they could go out, pick up their bags and check in again.
“One woman looked around in tears,” said the British man, who declined to be named.