Delta cuts flights before summer surge

Delta Air Lines announced Thursday that it will cancel about 100 flights per day this summer due to staffing shortages and the rising cost of supplies.

The changes between July 1 and Aug. 7 will mostly affect flights in the United States and Latin America. On average, about 2 million people per day board planes in the United States, about 90 percent of 2019 levels. Airlines expect the number of passengers to rise this summer as COVID-19 travel restrictions ease.

Delta, along American Airlines, operate at the Gainesville Regional Airport. 

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Are other airlines reducing flights? JetBlue announced plans in April to cut 8 to 10% of its summer schedule. Alaska Airlines reduced its schedule by about 2% through June due to limited available pilots.

The four largest U.S. airlines—American, Delta, United, and Southwest—together had roughly 36,000 fewer employees at the start of this year than before the pandemic, contributing to higher ticket prices as they struggle to staff planes.

Right now, domestic flights average more than $300 round-trip, according to travel-data firm Hopper

This story originally appeared in WORLD. © 2022, reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

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