Sumary of Flying has been an absolute mess this summer — and it may get worse before it gets better:
- The summer travel season is off to a rough start thanks to hundreds of flight delays and cancellations.
- US airlines have practically been begging the public to get back in the skies during the pandemic.
- But many travelers looking to get away from it all are finding the travel experience to be anything but easy.
- The summer of vaccinated travel was kicked off by hundreds of flight delays and cancellations that are still continuing.
- Southwest similarly canceled hundreds of flights in June, which it blamed on bad weather.
- “While the rapid ramp up in June travel demand provided stability to our financial position, it has impacted our operations following a prolonged period of depressed demand due to the pandemic,” Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines’ chief executive officer, said in a second-quarter earnings statement.
- “Therefore, we are intensely focused on improving our operations as we restore our network to meet demand.
- “Airline woes can largely be attributed to decisions made in the worst days of the pandemic when they found themselves with too many people and planes in light of severely reduced demand.