ORLANDO, Florida. – Demand for summer travel is high and Delta Air Lines says it is preparing to meet the challenges associated with it by reducing flights.
The airline said that between July 1 and August 7, Delta will reduce daily departures by 100 flights. The service will primarily affect markets frequently served by Delta in the United States and Latin America.
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Delta said a number of factors are forcing the airline to create more space in its system to maintain reliable operations, including weather, air traffic control, staffing issues and rising rates. COVID cases resulting in unplanned staff absences.
Any Delta customer who has already booked travel during this time period whose flight is canceled will be notified and Delta will assist them in adjusting their itinerary. Travelers should ensure the airline has their contact details and should also download the Fly Delta app.
Additionally, Delta said it would issue waivers if it had to preemptively cancel flights due to bad weather. This is the case for this weekend, where several flights were canceled due to weather in the northeast and southeast of the United States.
Delta is expecting 2.5 million customers this Memorial Day weekend alone, a 25% increase over last year.
Air travel demand issues have been particularly acute in Florida, where demand for flights, an increase in rocket launches and weather conditions have caused massive travel delays.
At a two-day meeting between air transport stakeholders and the FAA earlier this month in Orlando, the FAA said it would work to add more air traffic controllers and use more alternate routes to maintain moving planes.
Airlines say the problems in Florida are having a ripple effect across the country.
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