If you’ve attempted to travel by airplane recently, chances are you might have noticed it’s not as easy as it used to be.
The airline industry has seen its fair share of ups and downs lately, with staffing shortages, reduced flight schedules, and other factors playing into thousands of delayed and canceled flights. And now, it looks like airlines in the United States are suffering from mass cancelations yet again and signs don’t point to that changing anytime soon.
Hundreds of flights were canceled Friday morning following thousands of cancelations that took place on Thursday, according to the latest data from FlightAware.com. A further 2,000+ flights in the U.S. have been delayed as of this writing, and the cancelations are only expected to continue.
Airlines in the U.S. canceled 1,248 flights on Thursday, with Southwest having cut the most at 370 flights and delaying another 1,800 — almost half of its entire schedule. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as more than 5,000 domestic flights per day were delayed or canceled during the last week of July alone.
Industry experts have cited staffing shortages, air traffic control problems, and already reduced schedules as factors contributing to cancelations. American Airlines recently cut 7,000 flights from its September schedule, and CEO Robert Isom stated that the company is taking “proactive steps to build an additional buffer into [their] schedule for the rest of the year.”
Chances are we won’t see an end to these travel woes any time soon, as experts believe air travel won’t level out for at least another year.
So, what can you do? Try to book flights as early as you can and continue checking your flight’s schedule either online or through the airline’s app to make sure you don’t have any delays or cancelations. Luckily, the United States Department of Transportation has proposed strict rules on when passengers are required to be compensated by airlines for delayed or canceled flights, so we could see a change there soon!
We’ll continue to monitor the airline and travel industry for updates that could impact your Disney World trip, so be sure to stay tuned to DFB for the latest.
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