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Hundreds of flights canceled in the United States for the National Day weekend

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By midday, 600 flights had already been canceled, while nearly 2,200 others were delayed, according to flightaware.com.

The situation was already difficult the day before, according to this specialized site, which listed Friday 587 canceled flights out of a total of 3060 in the world and nearly 8000 delays.

These setbacks for American passengers constitute a basic trend: the airlines of the United States, which employ 15% less staff compared to before the pandemic, are having difficulty managing the massive return of passengers to their planes.

In search of solutions

Airline companies say they are working to solve this problem by intensifying their recruitment campaigns for pilots and other categories of personnel and by reducing the number of seats available for passengers.

Airline officials cite other aggravating external factors, including weather conditions and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg reminded passengers on Saturday on Twitter that they were entitled to a refund in the event of a cancellation.

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Delta Airlines pilots also demonstrated on Thursday to demand, among other things, wage increases with regard to the number of overtime hours worked.

It is quite frankly irresponsible to make [surréservation]. Coming out of the pandemic, we plan more flights than we have people to fly these planesLamented one of their union representatives, Jason Ambrosi, on CNN on Saturday.

Tired pilots do not want to block passengers, he assured, but it’s a matter of security.

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