Flight Delays And Cancellations Affecting Travel Increase

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On July 26, more than 2.1 million travelers passed through TSA checkpoints, according to TSA data. That’s triple the number for the same day in 2020, but significantly less than the total for the same day in 2019, which is 2.6 million.

The return to flight is not without its problems, as recent reports of flight delays and cancellations warrant criticism from congress.

On July 16, Senator Maria Cantwell sent official correspondence to the CEOs of six airlines in response to recent “reports of workforce shortages, flight cancellations, and delays, greatly causing inconvenience to consumers as more Americans resume travel.

In the past week, numerous flight cancellations at the top airlines have caused great inconvenience to travellers. Spirit Airlines cancelled hundreds of flights on consecutive days. On Tuesday alone, American Airlines cancelled about 300 flights, following cancellations on Monday.

The causes of flight delays and cancellations vary widely, with reports of labor shortages, fuel shortages in some areas and possible strikes in the news.

According to an FAA spokesman, Denver International, O’Hare International, Dallas-Ft. Worth International, McCarran International and Newark Liberty International were the most delayed airports over the past six weeks. Dallas-Ft. Worth International, Denver International, Newark Liberty, O’Hare and Charlotte Douglas International were also the most important airports for cancellations during this period.

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