The weekend of the 4th of July has become a new challenge for travelers in the United States, as they face the slowdown in their trips due to delays and cancellations of their flights, as well as the increase in the price of tickets for high fuel prices.
47.9 million people are expected to travel in the US between Friday and Monday, which means an increase of almost 4% when compared to last year’s figures, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA), and little little by little it is approaching a level not seen since before the pandemic.
- It is also estimated that 3.5 million people travel by plane, as long as the flights are not delayed or cancelled.
Canceled flights. The number of flights that have been canceled amounts to more than 600 for Saturday alone, according to FlightAware.
- The airlines with the most affected passengers are American, Delta and United Airlines.
- These outages come at a time when the airline industry has promised a renewed focus on reliability.
Delayed flights. Of the flights into or out of the United States, more than 2,800 have been delayed, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.
- Southwest Airlines shows 477 delayed flights on Saturday, accounting for 13% of its total trips, the data shows.
- American Airlines has 390 delayed flights, about 12% of its total trips.
- Delta counts 296 delayed flights, on average 10% of the airline’s trips, according to FlightAware.
- Among US airports, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta leads delays on Saturday, followed by Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
The reasons for this problem. Although the weather can cause inconveniences for airlines, the lack of personnel in the time of pandemic has also presented a obstacle, as well as the ability of carriers to recover from delays.
- Different unions representing airline workers have raised their voices in this regard and participated in demonstrations to draw attention to the tension suffered by employees.
- Analysts from the Hopper travel booking application estimate an average airfare in the national territory of $437 per round trip ticket, an increase of 45% compared to 2019.
- Among the most sought after destinations by travelers are: Las Vegas, Atlanta, Denver, Los Angeles and Miami, says Hopper.
- AAA Travel Senior Vice President Paula Twidale says that “the volume of travelers we expect to see during Independence Day is a definite sign that summer travel is accelerating,” despite inflation.
Fuente principal: Washington Post