Vacationers, airways put together for flight delays and cancellations on the weekend of July 4: “The aircraft was packed”

The holiday rush is underway – with nearly 48 million Americans taking to the streets or heading to airports over the weekend of July 4. However, flight cancellations are piling up once again, as airlines no United States struggle to serve their own customers.

The TSA reports that more than 2 million people have passed through airport checkpoints on most days this month as flight traffic approaches pre-pandemic levels. But Airlines are struggling to keep up. Since Memorial Day, airlines have canceled more than 21,000 flights – double the rate last year.

In an effort to address some of those problems, Envoy and Piedmont, two American Airlines regional carriers, are offering pilots three times as much pay for taking extra shifts. Earlier this year, United and Delta announced schedule cuts for July. Now, some Delta pilots are on a picnic.

“The problem is they’re trying to operate by meeting demand, but they can’t meet demand without them having a support staff,” said CBS News senior travel advisor Peter Greenberg.

Delta is also taking the unusual step of waiving all change fees until Mondaysaid it expected “operational challenges” over the weekend.

Travelers who choose to drive instead of flying will face sky-high prices. The national average has fallen since climbing above $5 per gallon two weeks ago, but remains as high as $4.86 – $1.75 from a year ago.

Farokh Karani told CBS News traffic reporter Errol Barnett that the potential chaos at the airport was too much.

“The planes were packed. You have delays, God help you if you have delays,” they said. “I’m a dedicated driver now, at least until things improve, you know, maybe make flying smooth again.”

Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg told CBS News his company is working with airlines every day to be more reliable. The airlines and the FAA held a meeting today to discuss their “common commitment to minimizing disruption and providing a safe, efficient journey for all travellers. “

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