FAST FIVE: Another Travel Weekend From Hell: 950 US Flights Canceled, And Thousands More Delayed
The reason for air travel disruption was heavy rain across the Chicago metro area. The US airline with the most canceled flights was Southwest Airlines, coming in at 181 cancellations.
American Airlines was second in terms of cancellations and delays. Southwest told Bussiness Insider: “We've been working through a variety of weather-related challenges over the last few days.
United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby recently warned: “The pilot shortage for the industry is real, and most airlines are simply not going to be able to realize their capacity plans because there simply aren't enough pilots, at least not for the next five-plus years.” Meanwhile, the airline industry group Airlines for America (A4A) has blamed a shortage of Federal Aviation Administration staff for “crippling” East Coast air traffic.
The group's members include American Airlines, Delta, United, Southwest, JetBlue, Alaska Airlines, and shippers FedEx and UPS.
The latest delays and cancelations come as Transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg attempts to resolve air travel disruptions this summer. Buttigieg, after this weekend, you might want to get back to work.