Hundreds of flights canceled in the US

July 3, 2022 10:05 am

Many Americans planning to travel to meet their families for the July 4 National Day will have to adjust their projects after airlines canceled hundreds of flights due to staff shortages.

And on Saturday, about 600 flights were canceled and more than 2,200 delayed, according to the “Flightware” website, which specializes in air traffic tracking, according to “AFP.”

The situation was also difficult on Friday, as the site announced it had been monitoring the cancellation of 587 flights out of a total of 3,060 canceled flights worldwide, and the delay of about 8,000 others.

These issues are increasingly faced by US travelers as US airlines operate with 15 percent fewer crew members compared to the pre-pandemic period, and face difficulties in dealing with the return of high demand for travelers on flights.

Airlines confirm that they are working on a solution to the problem and are strengthening their campaigns to hire pilots and crew members, knowing that the number of seats available for passengers has decreased due to measures to contain “Covid-19”.

Industry experts are talking about other external factors that are exacerbating the situation, especially in the areas of climate and pandemic.

And on Saturday, US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg tweeted reminding travelers that they are entitled to a refund in the event of flight cancellations.

On Thursday, Delta Air Lines pilots went on strike to demand higher wages to compensate for the extra hours worked.

And on Saturday, Haisson Ambrosi, one of their union representatives, in a statement to the US network “CNN” considered that “overbooking (selling tickets) is downright irresponsible. With the pandemic exiting, the number of flights exceeding the number of pilots will be including.”

Ambrosi stressed that the tired pilots had no intention of booking passengers, but stressed that it was a “safety issue”.

Source: agencies

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