July 4, 2022 travel: Busy airports see some delays, cancellations

Traveling this weekend? AAA predicts you to be one in nearly 48 million.

WASHINGTON – The July 4 holiday weekend is congesting U.S. airports with the largest number of passengers since the pandemic began in 2020.

About 2.49 million passengers passed through security checkpoints at U.S. airports on Friday, surpassing the previous pandemic-era record of 2.46 million reached earlier this week, according to the data. data released by the Transportation Security Administration on Saturday.

The growing numbers show that leisure travelers are not deterred from flying by rising fares, the continued spread of COVID-19 or worries about periodic flight delays and cancellations.

Passenger numbers on Friday increased 13% from July 1 last year, falling on the Thursday before July 4. The number of passengers traveling through US airports this year also surpassed the 2.35 million people who were screened at security checkpoints on the Friday before July 4, 2019, but that number was before July 4, 2019. Independent for almost a week.

In a clearer sign of how close US air travel is to pre-pandemic conditions, 2.33 million passengers on average passed through security checkpoints at airports. domestic airports for the seven days ending July 1. That number is close to the seven-day average. of about 2.38 million passengers during the same period in 2019, according to the TSA.

However, airlines have struggled to keep up with surging demand amid staff shortages and a host of other issues that have led to waves of flight delays and cancellations that have made some holidays more difficult. become a formidable challenge.

Many airlines, including Delta, Southwest and JetBlue, have responded to this challenge by slashing their summer schedules in an effort to reduce the inconveniences – and backlash – caused by delays. flight delays and cancellations. They are using larger planes to carry more passengers. scramble to hire and train more pilots.

The headaches continued on Friday, though they weren’t as bad as at other times in recent months. More than 6,800 delayed flights and another 587 canceled flights affected US airports on Friday, according to tracking website FlightAware, according to tracking website FlightAware. More than 2,200 delayed flights and more than 540 canceled flights have been recorded as of Saturday morning.

In addition to flight delays and cancellations, travelers also have to pay higher fares due to soaring fuel costs and other inflationary factors, as well as face health risks from continuing to travel. infected with COVID-19.

Travel bugs are also clogging highways, even as the national average price of gas hovers around $5/gallon — and above $6/gallon in California and all of the country’s popular tourist attractions. it. AAA predicts that nearly 48 million people will travel at least 50 miles or more from home over the weekend, slightly less than in 2019.

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Russell Falcon

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