Chaos ensued at US airports as several airlines, across the country, cancelled a number of flights on Thursday (16th June). This was the worst day ever in the 2022 summer travel season so far as approximately 1500 flights didn’t take off as scheduled. New York’s LaGuardia Airport even dropped considerable number of flights at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty Airport.
Shortage of staff is the main reason cited for this chaos at the airports. In the wake of the pandemic, it seems, airlines are yet not fully prepared to tackle the heavy summer travel season. This sentiment was echoed by the pilot unions at Southwest, Delta, and American Airlines. As per their statements, airlines have not yet made proper arrangements to hire new staff to replace those who took a leave of absence during the pandemic or those who retired in the past two years.
As these cancellations were ongoing, a meeting was held between CEOs of various airlines and Pete Buttigieg; the transport secretary. This meeting clearly showcased Biden administration’s growing concerns over the ongoing airport chaos and subsequently-ruined travel plans of thousands of citizens and tourists.
During the meeting via videoconferencing, the transport secretary asked airline bosses to describe their strategies and plans to ensure rest of the summer remains hassle-free for travelers. With the upcoming 4th of July weekend; cancellation of flights is a growing concern. There were thousands of cancellations during the Memorial Day weekend in June too. The Biden administration certainly doesn’t want a repeat of it during the July holiday weekend. The airline bosses seemed to have ensured the transport secretary that they are working hard to stabilize the current situation.
If you are taking flights from USA to India this summer; you can rely on Indian Eagle for hassle-free ticket bookings and also to handle queries related to cancellations in case the situation with airlines’ cancelling their flights doesn’t improve.