Much of the problem stems from an industry-wide labor shortage.After the airline industry was devastated by covid-19 in 2020, American Airlines received $54 billion in pandemic aid.They overestimate how long it will take to scale up travel, they offer retirement plans for older employees, and many employees temporary leave. Now they are working hard to train and certify new pilot fast enough.federal data Suggest Airlines were the biggest cause of flight delays in the U.S. from January to May and led to a large number of cancellations.
However, the airline does not take full responsibility. Most organizations working on air travel have had to lay off staff or suspend hiring in 2020.This leads to shortage In airport staff, baggage handlers, security, etc. Employers are trying to hire and train workers quickly, but many airport positions require security clearances. The air traffic control system has also experienced staffing challenges in some high-volume areas, in part because of the covid-19 outbreak and the halt in training until a vaccine is available. With air travel so closely linked, problems at one airport can lead to downstream delays and cancellations, overwhelming the system.
Some legislator Have Call Let the Department of Transportation use its powers in consumer protection to crack down on air carriers.In fact, the department has already opened 20 surveys Sued by airline for failure to effectively pay refund. If there are any violations, authorities should enforce it, but investigations take time and may not always produce the expected results.
in a June meeting, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg urged airline executives to ensure summer flight schedules are operational.To their credit, airlines have shortened their timelines 16% Since the spring, flight cancellations have decreased since mid-June. However, this does not solve the long-term problem of capacity.
Airlines, airports and authorities must work together to address the structural problems exposed by the chaos this summer.The pilot shortage is a care Even before the pandemic. Operators and the federal government should find ways to lower the barriers to entry for training programs and certifications, which are time-consuming and expensive. It’s also time to pay close attention to recruitment and retention in airports and ground services, which are often low-paying and labor-intensive jobs with unattractive schedules.
The air travel industry, like much of our economy, is unprepared for the disruption of covid-19. By acting now, it can be more resilient in the face of future crises.