Will airlines be able to keep up with surging summer demand?
JIMMIE JOHNSON: PLANNING TO JET OFF TO LONDON?
GOING ON A FAMILY VACATION TO HAWAII?
I HATE TO BE A BUZZKILL, BUT GETTING TO YOUR SUMMER DESTINATION THIS YEAR COULD BE A GAMBLE.
TED BRADPIECE: ”Let’s put it this way, it’s not guaranteed that they’re necessarily going to get there on the day that they want to get there.”
JIMMIE: WHAT’S AILING THE AIRLINES? LET’S GET THIS STRAIGHT.
AIRPORTS AND AIRLINES ARE BRACING FOR A SUMMER SURGE.
BRADPIECE: “People really, for the last 18 to 24 months, being stir crazy not going anywhere. And finally being at the point where they just need to get out.”
JIMMIE: TED BRADPIECE IS PRESIDENT OF A LOS ANGELES-BASED TRAVEL AGENCY.
HE DESCRIBES THE UPCOMING SUMMER RUSH AS A “PERFECT STORM” FOR AIR TRAVEL.
IN MARCH ALONE, T-S-A SAYS MORE THAN TWO-MILLION PASSENGERS A DAY TOOK TO THE SKIES. THAT’S NEARLY DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO FLEW AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR AND JUST SHY OF PRE-PANDEMIC LEVELS.
WHILE THE PASSENGERS ARE BACK, MANY PILOTS AND FLIGHTS CREWS ARE NOT.
ACCORDING TO BLOOMBERG, AIRLINES LOST MORE THAN 400-THOUSAND WORKERS DURING COVID-19.
BRADPIECE: ”And as you bring them back on, depending on how long they had been laid off for determines how long their recertification training is”>
FLIGHTS ARE ALWAYS SUBJECT TO REGULAR DELAYS AND CANCELLATIONS, BUT NOW IT CUT INTO YOUR VACATION.
BRADPIECE: “the rule of thumb right now would be to allow yourself two extra days to get to your destination so that you don’t risk losing your entire trip.”
JIMMIE: ON TOP OF PLANES IDLING, YOU HAVE THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR MAKING JET FUEL MORE EXPENSIVE AND HARD TO GET AT SOME AIRPORTS. AS A RESULT, THOSE COSTS ARE BEING PASSED ON TO YOU.
ARE YOU PLANNING TO TRAVEL THIS SUMMER?
IF SO, ARE YOU FLYING? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW.