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The airline industry continues to face problems (VIDEO)

ByKimberly A. Brochu

Apr 12, 2022

Since early April, US airlines have canceled more than 8,500 flights, according to FlightAware.

Another eventful day in the skies as airlines in the United States cancel hundreds more flights and delay thousands after an already hellish few weeks.

Since early April, US airlines have canceled more than 8,500 flights, according to FlightAware.

JetBlue, Southwest and Spirit Airlines are the biggest culprits as Alaska emerges from a pilot strike, in part over staffing issues.

“They may not want to say this, but they have personnel issues. We have had several pilot departures for other airlines due to the quality of life issues at this airline,” the captain said. Alaska Airlines, Steve Van Meter.

And JetBlue is struggling to keep up with a bouncy schedule and, like many airlines, is left with too few workers.

Many, like those in Alaska, are calling for better working conditions.

“We will always run a very safe airline and that is our goal, but we also want to be home with our families and have a better quality of life,” continued Van Meter.

JetBlue management is being criticized for its multi-billion dollar attempt to outbid Frontier on a plan to merge with Spirit Airlines, while struggling to run its own operation.

Across the industry, airlines are scrambling to build networks of secondary routes to pre-pandemic activity. But they find shallow benches of pilots, flight attendants, reservation agents and others who can handle the workload.

JetBlue joins a host of other major airlines offering bonuses to crew members who don’t call in sick. But that’s not enough to stop major carriers from cutting summer flights.

JetBlue cuts 10% of its schedule, reducing it to stabilize the boat while increasing the cost of travel.

“Higher demand this year than previous years due to pent-up demand from COVID. And the second is rising jet fuel prices. Jet fuel this year is 75% more expensive than this time last year “, said Hayley Berg, an economist at Hopper. .

Experts say to plan flexibility in your summer trips and if you have COVID cancellation credits lying around, use them.

“Right now, American consumers are sitting on about $10 billion in unused vouchers and credits,” said Kevin Brasler, editor of Consumers Checkbook.

Use them before you lose them, even if the sky won’t be exactly smooth in front of you.

“They’re clearly hoping people forget about those credits and don’t use them so they can keep the money,” Brasler continued.