If you are like thousands of other families around the world, you are getting ready to increase the number of vacations you take. It’s been a long couple of years, staying close to home. Now that you are finally able to go wherever, you are ready to make some memories with your family. I can’t say I blame you! But what should you be expecting from the airlines? Is everything back to normal? Or are there variables you need to be aware of?
It is no secret that demand for flights is high. Everyone wants to reach their destination in record time. But is that really happening?
Well, the answer to that question is yes and no. Some flights are going off without a hitch. Others are getting delayed, or cancelled, left and right. Whether it is due to technology glitches, the weather, or staffing issues is dependent on the flight.
Despite those issues, both American and United Airlines saw record profits in the second quarter. Those numbers are expected to rise even more in the third quarter. This is due to higher ticket prices, which is caused by demand.
The only thing that will affect those rising profits is cutting back on the number of flights available each day. American Airlines CEO, Robert Isom, stated, “We’re sizing the airline for the resources we have available and the operating conditions we face, and we will make other changes as needed.”. This statement is a result of reducing their flying capacity for the remainder of the year.
The reduced flight schedule is the result of a pilot shortage. All the airlines are facing a reduction of pilots, due to long schedules and low pay. The goal is to offer higher wages. However, new pilots are also needed. And those newer pilots need to attend pilot school for the necessary training. That takes time, so it could be a couple years before more pilots are hired and flight numbers are increased.
Well, you should already be arriving at the airport early. At least the recommended two hours is best, but I recommend allowing for even more time at busier airports. This will ensure you have time to clear security and have enough time to reach your gate.
Remember, security lines are longer due to reduced staff and new airline protocols. Reduced staff can also mean some of the airport food options will not be available when you are flying. And the lines at the open ones will be super long. You should pack snacks to take with you, so you don’t find yourself starving until you reach your destination.
Of course, arriving early doesn’t mean your flight won’t be delayed, cancelled, or even changed. There is not much you can do when that happens. However, if you book with a travel advisor like myself, I can take care of these dilemmas if they occur. So, instead of spending hours on the phone or talking to airline staff, you can call me, and I will figure it out for you. You can simply relax and think about your vacation. Just don’t think it is ruined, because most of the time these issues can be resolved quickly.
It is always best to read any updated flight information emails you receive regarding your flight. Most airlines have an app you can use as well. This will ensure you know the exact time your flight is leaving. Or if it has been cancelled or changed prior to your departure day.
Flying may not be as simple as it was in the past. But it is still possible to enjoy a flight to amazing vacation destinations around the world. You simply need to be prepared for any variable nowadays.
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