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Getting in the mood to travel this summer? Here are the latest flight details you need to know.

According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, domestic airlines generated a profit of $1.6 billion in 2018, up from a deficit of $2.8 billion in 2021. Here are the 2023 changes that may affect summertime flyers in advance of the busiest travel season.

News of More Flights in the Air for the Summer of 2023

To accommodate the swarm of passengers that is projected in the summer of 2023, many airlines are adding extra routes and using larger planes. According to Cirium, there will be more than 2 million flights operated by U.S. airlines from Memorial Day Weekend and Labour Day, an increase of almost 86,000 from last year’s estimates. Executives have remarked that most airlines are already fully staffed and that the most recent recruits have greater experience, which should help operations function more smoothly after the decrease in employees in 2021.

The FAA has made public its intention to expand airline access to the East Coast by 169 routes. The new routes are meant to reduce congestion during the busy summer months by providing shorter and more direct routes to destinations. According to the FAA, this will cut annual flying time by 6,000 minutes and distance by 40,000 miles.

To quote American Airlines’ COO, “we are optimistic they will have significant benefits for our customers and team members,” “American has long been a proponent of unlocking additional high-altitude routes along the East Coast,” and so on.

Delays Anticipated
Despite the increase in flights, certain major airlines’ flight attendant and pilot unions have not yet reached a contract agreement with their employees. Airlines like American and United are included in this category. Increases in the two major expenditures for airlines—labor and fuel—may lead to an increase in airfare for summer 2023 travellers. Bob Harrell, of Harrell Associates, determined that in March 2023, the average leisure fare was 65.1 percent higher than in March 2019.

Aviation analyst and Atmosphere Research Group president Henry Harteveldt predicted, “It’s going to be a turbulent summer.” “While airlines have done a very good job of hiring new employees for the demand they’re going to see this summer, they may not have hired all that they need.”

Summer 2023 Travel News and Updates: Fewer Passengers on New York Flights

The FAA was unusually forthright in March 2023 about a severe lack of personnel at a crucial New York air traffic control station. Staffing levels at New York’s Terminal Radar Approach Control are currently at around 54% of what they need to be to effectively handle traffic in the nation’s busiest air space. The agency predicts a 45 percent increase in delays due to the personnel shortage and the 7 percent increase in aviation traffic in New York this summer. American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, and United have all agreed to reduce service into and out of New York. Travellers from far and wide who wish to see the “big apple” this summer may want to consider flying into a nearby city and then driving or taking a bus into the city proper.

For the remaining flights, “hopefully it means that they are more likely to operate on time,” Harteveldt added. Even if terrible weather causes disruption, maybe things will get back to normal quickly.

Though domestic travel drove much of the airline industry’s recovery in 2021 and 2022, an increase in foreign travel is anticipated to drive the industry forward in 2023. Seventy-five percent of Delta’s overseas flights for the summer of 2023 were sold by last month, according to CEO Ed Bastian. Purchased tickets to Amsterdam are up 130 percent, to Paris they are up 66 percent, and to Madrid they are up 70 percent year over year, according to data from the Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC).

SOURCE :- https://www.tomorrowsworldtoday.com/2023/05/15/important-summer-2023-air-travel-updates/


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