The travel turmoil is deepening ahead of the busy holiday weekend as hundreds of US flight cancellations and delays continued through Monday.
The total number of delays within, to or from the United States was nearly 1,000 with 700 US flights and more than 2,300 flights, including international flights, canceled Monday morning, according to FlightAware.
The company, which provides flight tracking data, also noted that as of Sunday there were nearly 7,000 flight delays within, to or from the United States and 867 cancellations within. from the country.
In a live report on “Mornings with Maria” from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on Monday morning, FOX Business’ Lydia Hu noted that about 16% of flights out of that airport have already been canceled.
Despite all the travel troubles, demand continues to soar even with soaring airfare prices amid higher fuel prices.
According to data released earlier this month by the Labor Department, airline fares jumped in May as more people began to travel with prices climbing 18.6% over a period of month and 33.3% over the past year, marking the largest one-month increase since the report’s inception in 1963.
Earlier this month, Hayley Berg, chief economist at mobile travel app Hopper, told Fox News Digital that demand for summer travel is still “strong”, noting that “demand has increased 50 % faster year-to-date compared to the first four months of 2019.”
Domestic airfare averages $404 round-trip, up 40% from $288 this time last year and 26% from $322 round-trip in 2019, Hopper noted. earlier this month, adding that international airfares are also seeing a 35% increase over the same period. last year and 17% from 2019.
Despite higher prices, the TSA recorded 2,462,097 travelers on Sunday, about 300,000 more than the previous year and significantly above 2020 levels when the number of passengers passing through checkpoints was below one. million.
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Airlines for America, an airline industry trade group, sent a letter Friday to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg saying the Federal Aviation Administration must ensure adequate air traffic control personnel to avoid further disruptions to air traffic. summer trips.
The letter mentioned that one of the group members believed that air traffic control–related issues have been a factor in at least a third of recent flight cancellations, noting that “personnel issues have led to traffic restrictions in blue sky conditions”.
The FAA responded in a statement sent to Fox News Digital that “people expect when they purchase an airline ticket to get where they need to go in a safe, efficient, reliable and affordable manner.”
“After receiving $54 billion in pandemic relief to help save airlines from massive layoffs and bankruptcy, the American people deserve to have their expectations met,” the statement continued.
The FAA also said the administration has added controllers in high-demand areas as well as alternate routes to help mitigate the situation.
Some pilots, Hu reported, blamed the airlines for the problems, accusing them of overscheduling when the companies did not have enough staff.
“The reality is that they’ve scheduled too many flights,” Allied Pilots Association spokesman Dennis Tajer said.
“We can reduce that margin of underperformance, but it won’t happen unless they talk to us.”
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Speaking at ‘Fox & Friends Weekend’ last week, Captain Casey Murray, president of the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, warned that summer travel is expected to be ‘tough’ due to labor shortages work and flight cancellations.
Murray, a pilot, pointed out that the entire airline industry faces similar challenges.
Buttigieg held a virtual meeting with airline CEOs two weeks ago to go over the steps airlines are taking to operate smoothly over the July 4 holiday weekend and the rest of the summer. The group also discussed ways to improve accommodation for stranded passengers when flights are cancelled.
In an attempt to help ease the situation, the Air Line Pilots Association – the largest pilots’ union – last week approved a tentative deal that would raise the pay of 14,000 United pilots.
The American Automobile Association predicts that 47.9 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home by plane and car over the holiday weekend, representing a 3.7% increase from 2021 – this which brings travel volumes just below those seen in 2019.
The association noted that “the biggest surprise” is car travel, which is expected to set a new record despite historically high petrol prices, with 42 million people hitting the road.
AAA told Fox News Digital on Monday that 3.55 million people are expected to travel by plane over the holiday weekend.
“With all the issues that arise with air travel, not only cancellations and delays, but also airfares are 14% higher than last year…could be why we are seeing so many people drive to their vacation destination,” Robert Sinclair Jr., spokesperson for AAA Northeast, told Fox News Digital.
He went on to note that the percentage of those traveling by air this year is the lowest since 2011 at 7.4%.