Travel: Delta Airlines plans to reduce 100 departing flights beginning in July and August to shorten the flight schedule

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — As America begins to experience an intense surge in travel, airlines are doing their best to add an extra cushion for erratic flight operations. With few pilots available and multiple staff shortages, flight reductions are the best way to prevent massive meltdowns.

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To that end, Delta Airlines announced they plan to reduce 100 daily flights over the summer months.

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In a statement, Delta said they have made adjustments to reduce disruption.

We’ve made several adjustments to minimize disruption and come back faster when challenges have arisen over the past few months. And that is why we will be taking further steps in the coming days and weeks to strategically shorten our flight schedule this summer. From July 1st through 7/8, we will be reducing service by approximately 100 daily departures, primarily in markets in the US and Latin America that Delta serves frequently. This will build additional resilience in our system and improve operational security for our customers and employees; We will continue to proactively adjust select flights over the coming weeks.

“More than at any time in our history, the various factors currently affecting our operations – weather and air traffic control, vendor staffing, increased COVID case numbers contributing to more than planned unplanned absences in some workgroups – are leading to operations , which does not consistently meet the standards that Delta has set for the industry over the past several years,” said Chief Customer Experience Officer Allison Ausband.

“We deeply appreciate the energy and effort of our people and the trust of our customers as we adapt and transition to ensure we deliver the airline of choice experience that we are proud to be known for be.” Delta teams strive to notify customers of itinerary changes as quickly as possible. Suppose a schedule change or delay affects your upcoming flight. In this case we will send updates directly to a mobile device or by email if contact information is provided during booking or later added online via My Trips.

We also issue inclement weather waivers and offer customers whose journey includes affected cities the option to reschedule their journey before or after the weather event, which can also help avoid unnecessary airport waits. Due to the forecast weather in the Southeastern and Northeastern regions of the US, Delta has issued a travel waiver – effective May 26-28 – for those who may be impacted in the coming days. If upcoming bookings change for later this summer, our teams will provide customers with the next best itinerary that will get them to their desired destination with the shortest possible delay.

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The airline expects to welcome 2.5 million customers over Memorial Day weekend. That’s a 25% increase in passenger numbers since 2021.

Delta says they’ve made several adjustments, such as: For example, improving the air traffic management process, adding hundreds of new pilots and flight attendants, and launching initiatives to improve boarding and departure times.

Customers should know about these efforts before heading out on summer vacations, according to the airline.

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