The most popular day of air travel this year was the mess.  That will not change soon

The most popular day of air travel this year was the mess. That will not change soon

Since this long summer weekend coincides with Father’s Day, that means there will be a lot of travel.

According to statistics from the Traffic Safety Administration, Friday before June 10 was the most popular day of air travel in 2022. Airports have not been so crowded since Thanksgiving 2021.

TSA officials said they inspected about 2,438,784 people at airport security checkpoints across the country on Friday, the highest number of checkpoints since Nov. 28, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. That was also about 100,000 more passengers than on the Friday before Remembrance Day weekend.

“Welcome to the holiday travel weekend in June!” TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein wrote on Twitter.

While June 1 last year became an official holiday, this is the first year that the American stock exchange and banks will close in its part.

The increase in numbers could not come at a worse time for American airlines. The combination of bad weather, staff shortages and infrastructural challenges has led major carriers to struggle to keep pace with travel growth. Nearly 9,000 flights were delayed within the U.S. on Friday and another 1,500 flights to the FlightAvara data group were canceled.
There were more than 850 flight cancellations on Saturday, according to FlightAvare. By late Sunday, more than 900 flights within, to or from the United States had been canceled for the day, FlightAvare reported.
The increase in delays and cancellations comes just one day after Transport Minister Pete Buttigieg met with airline executives to discuss ways to improve performance and operations ahead of another expected increase in travel over the July 4th holiday.
About 2,700 flights were canceled during Remembrance Day weekend. The main airlines are already canceling several flights as a precaution, just in time for the busy summer season. Southwest Airlines has cut nearly 20,000 flights between June and Labor Day and is struggling to hire 10,000 new workers it says they need to meet demand.
“I go through the Whataburger drive-thru and pay and take my bag, and a job application is tied to the bag,” Southwest CEO Robert Jordan told the Dallas Morning News last year about the difficulty of finding a job candidate. – That’s what happened.

Delta has announced that it will cancel 100 daily flights to the United States and Latin America from July 1 to August 7. In an open letter to clients, Delta pilots wrote that the lack of manpower led them to fly more overtime hours this year than in all 2018 and 2019 combined.

“The shortage of pilots for the industry is real, and most airlines simply will not be able to implement their capacity plans because there are simply not enough pilots, at least not in the next five or more years,” said United Airlines CEO Scott. Kirby said during an airline call about quarterly earnings in April.

Unions representing pilots at Delta, American and Southwest say airlines have been brought into the current situation by refusing to replace retired pilots and take leave during the peak of the pandemic when air traffic plummeted.
About 8,000 new commercial pilots have received certificates in the last year, say pilots’ unions, and say it should not be lacking. The current narrative of reducing services, they argue, is using companies to justify reducing training and safety requirements that will increase profit margins.

Some U.S. senators are considering it. “While some flight cancellations are inevitable, a number of delays and cancellations last weekend have raised questions about the airline’s decision-making,” Senators Richard Blumenthal and Edward Markie wrote in a letter to Butigiegu earlier this month.

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