Although the number of canceled flights from the United States is decreasing, many passengers are still seeing significant delays as they attempt to return from their vacations over the long Fourth of July weekend.
DETROIT (AP) — Flight delays were experienced by passengers returning from Fourth of July vacations on Monday, but fewer flights were canceled than in the days preceding the holiday weekend.
Airlines have canceled over 2,200 domestic flights in the United States and delayed another 25,000 since holiday weekend travel began on Thursday.
Every airport was crowded.
According to statistics from the Transportation Security Administration, more than 9 million travelers visited American airports between Thursday and Sunday, with the number reaching a record high for the pandemic era on Friday travelers 2.49 million.
According to FlightAware, more than 2,200 American flights had been delayed or canceled by late Monday afternoon on the East Coast.
The good news is that those figures significantly decreased canceled in recent days.
Flying has never been easy during the busiest travel period. Summer thunderstorms and large people can easily overwhelm an airline’s operations. The lack of pilots and other staff this summer has made that situation worse.
It’s not only in North America, it’s everywhere, according to John Grant, an analyst at OAG, a British company that offers travel dates. “It’s a combination of resources being made available and demand picking up master than anyone anticipated,”
Grant claimed that the lack of manpower in North America and Europe has impacted airports, air traffic controllers, caterers, and aircraft fuelers in addition to airlines and their suppliers. He sees no cause to believe that things will change this summer.
The incidence of cancellations in the United States over the past two weeks has increased 59% from the same period in 2019, before the pandemic, most likely as a result of a combination of weather-related delays, staffing shortages, and air traffic problems.
However, according to FlightAware data, the rate of delayed flights is just marginally worse than it was in the summer before the epidemic — 19.7% then, 21.5% today.
Airlines made unintentional mistakes, but some of the disruptions were caused by terrible weather, particularly along the East Coast for a portion of the weekend.
Due to a bug in its scheduling software, American Airlines unintentionally deleted the pilot assignments for hundreds of flights in July. The issue has been resolved, according to an airline spokeswoman, and crew assignments have been reinstated for “the vast majority” of flights as of Monday. According to him, there was no impact on Fourth of July travel.
The airline unilaterally reassigned pilots to nearly 80% of the impacted flights, according to Ed Sicher, the new head of the union that represents American pilots, in violation of their contract.
According to Sicher, the union and airline are negotiating additional pay for pilots whose trips American canceled and then reinstated as a result of “this mess.”
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