Travel on July 4 The weekend has begun, sending airlines into a spiral as the COVID-19 pandemic subsides and transportation returns to normal.
Before 11 a.m. EST on Saturday, there were flights canceled on Saturday in, to or from the United States, according to flight tracking website FlightAware, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. The total number of flights delayed on Saturday was 1,745 nationwide, creating a cascading effect on the flyers with the puzzle.
An influx of people is expected to hit the streets for the holiday weekend. AAA predicts that 47.9 million people will travel between Friday and Monday, and about 3.55 million of them are expected to travel by plane.
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Staffing and weather challenges, combined with increased travel demand after the pandemic, have strained the country’s flight infrastructure.
More than 7,100 flights to, from and across the United States were delayed and another 535 canceled Friday.
In this week, Thousands of flights have been disrupted even after airlines cut the number of flights they planned by 15% during the peak summer months – from June to August – to make the remaining flights more reliable, according to Airline for America CEO Nicholas Calio.
The mounting pressure has left airlines in a desperate situation – with one airline offering huge salaries to anyone willing to get off an overbooked plane.
Delta Airlines allegedly offered the passenger $10,000 to get off an overbooked flight from Michigan to Minnesota, the passenger claims.
Inc. Technology columnist Jason Aten wrote that he was on a flight with his family when a flight attendant asked to volunteers through the intercom.
In a statement to The Hill, a Delta spokesman would not confirm whether an incident occurred, but the spokesperson said compensation is available to ground personnel when such an event occurs.