Buttigieg Throws Down at the Airlines, Airlines Were Unprepared for Record Flyers…

June 22, 2022

Pete Buttigieg, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, is warning U.S. airlines to stop cancelling flights last-minute on flyers at the airport. He says the government has the 'authority' to force the airlines to hire more workers. My first thought was 'no he doesn't', then I remembered all those billions they handed out to them. Airlines the world over were apparently not prepared for the record rush of traveling post-pandemic. They must've thought no one would have the money for travel because you had to assume people were more than ready to get the hell outta dodge...

United States Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says the U.S. government has the authority to 'require' airlines to hire more workers if they do 'not sufficiently maintain consumer-protection standards'...in other words, he is saying 'stop screwing over flyers after they arrive at the airport by endlessly cancelling flights last minute.'

As this article details, Airlines worldwide were woefully unprepared for the return of travelers to the skies once the pandemic started to recede...with huge wait times at airports, to thousands of flight cancellations...often on a single day due to poor planning and reduced workforce.

Budget Canadian carrier Swoop has launched service in Regina, Saskatchewan to three Canadian Cities: Winnipeg, Edmonton and Toronto. The airline will fly to each destination 2 times per week and the added competition in these markets is expected to drive prices down for consumers.

Last Thursday, over one third of all flights at New York's LaGuardia Airport were cancelled...with storm activity given as the reason, However, those excuses are falling on deaf ears as travelers continue to believe the airlines less and less.

Delta Air Lines will restart its international service between Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) and Seoul (ICN) on October 2 with three weekly flights and will increase to daily flights on October 29...joining restarted service from Korea to Atlanta and Detroit.

Chinese Ambassador Zhang Hanhui has said their country is ready to supply Russia with spare airliner parts as the country battles ongoing sanctions that are preventing them from securing maintenance for their commercial aircraft.

United Arab Emirates national carrier Etihad Airways has launched several seasonal routes connecting Abu Dhabi to Santorini, Nice, Zanzibar, Malaga and Crete. The routes will operate twice per week.

Delta Air Lines has issued a travel waiver notice for weather in the northeast...potentially affecting JFK, LaGuardia, NY (LGA), Newark (EWR) and White Plains (HPN).

Emirates is expecting perhaps all-time record traffic for the summer months of June and July and is urging passengers to book their flight plans in advance to avoid delays.

Southwest Airlines will add daily non-stop service between Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) and San Jose International (SJC) starting on November 8.

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