Airlines, FAA spar ahead of busy Fourth of July travel weekend
Shannon Longworth: You’re probably gearing up for the 4th of July weekend.
And with all the cookouts and fireworks – there’ll likely also be plenty of cancellations for those planning to fly.
Delta Air Lines just recently issued another warning of potential disruptions for the upcoming weekend.
Delta has canceled about five percent of its scheduled flights in the past two weeks due to staffing, weather and air traffic control issues.
And they’re not the only major airline scrambling.
*U-S* airlines have canceled more than 21-thousand flights since Memorial Day weekend.
Now, it appears the companies are blaming the F-A-A.
In a letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg — a trade group advocating for airlines said it wants to know the F-A-A’s staffing plans for the weekend quote “so we can plan accordingly.”
The group says F-A-A understaffing is crippling air traffic.
Even lawmakers are now calling for stiffer penalties.
Senator Bernie Sanders wrote to Buttigieg today demanding airlines be fined 55-thousand dollars per passenger for every flight cancellation caused by staffing issues.