Sun, 01 Oct 2023

WASHINGTON D.C.: Despite weather and staffing issues resulting in travel disruptions, last week the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened 2.45 million air passengers on June 24, the highest daily number since February 2020, but still below the 2.73 million screened on the same day in 2019.

However, according to FlightAware, on June 24 U.S. airlines canceled 711 flights and delayed more than 6,000.

As airlines expect record demand and are restoring staff levels after thousands of workers left the industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, American travelers will continue to face a difficult summer.

Meanwhile, a TSA spokesperson advised passengers to be prepared for delays, writing on Twitter, "Get to the airport early, it is busy!"

Also, in a letter issued last week, airline industry trade group Airlines for America (A4A) told U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg that staffing issues were disrupting flights, even in good weather.

The FAA added that it "has acted on the issues raised in the letter."

Airlines have "pulled down 15 percent of summer (June-August) flights relative to what they had planned for at the outset of 2022," A4A said.

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