Category: flight delays

Airline Chaos Could Persist Until 2024, Despite Efforts to Cure Woes

After a record-breaking summer of angst, aggravation, and anger at America’s airports, little relief may be in sight. The problem came into sharper focus during the past few weeks with airline complaints in May and June soaring 270 percent above pre-pandemic levels. While airlines and federal officials recently announced improved customer service and information-sharing practices…


Major US Airlines to Provide Free Meals, Hotel Rooms for Delays of Three Hours or More and Cancellations

Many of the major airlines in the United States have committed to providing meals for customers who are left waiting three hours or more for delayed flights, as well as hotel rooms for customers who are left stranded, so long as the delays are due to issues under the airlines’ control. American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, JetBlue,…


WestJet Appeals Passenger Compensation Ruling Over Cancelled Flight

WestJet is appealing an order by the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) to pay $1,000 to a passenger whose flight was delayed due to staffing shortages. The Canadian airline claims it should not be held responsible for the staff shortage at the time of the passenger’s delayed flight because it was a health and safety issue. The…


Government Not Responsible for Airport Delays, Transport Minister Says

The federal government was not responsible for airport delays, which were instead caused by labour shortages and an influx of Canadians looking to travel after certain COVID-19 travel restrictions were lifted earlier this year, says Transport Minister Omar Alghabra. “I blame it on COVID,” said Alghabra while appearing before the House of Commons transport committee…


‘Heartbreaking’: Canadians Recount Travel Plans Foiled by Flight Nightmares

Thousands of delayed and cancelled Canadian flights have caused enormous hassles in recent weeks. In the last week of June, more than half of domestic and international flights at Canada’s major airports were delayed or cancelled. The Epoch Times heard from three Canadians whose travel plans were frustrated on June 30 for different reasons. A Wing…


60 Percent of Canadians Not Interested in International Travel This Summer: Survey

As Canadian airlines and international airports struggle with severe flight delays, and with inflation driving up the prices of airline tickets, the majority of Canadians say they are not interested in travelling abroad this summer, a Nanos Research poll shows. The poll shows about three in five (61 percent) Canadians say they are not interested in travelling…


Over 100 Employees Sue WestJet Over COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

A group of more than 100 WestJet employees is taking legal action against the airline and the federal government over the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policies for airline workers. The group, comprised of active and inactive pilots, flight attendants, and customer service agents, said in a statement that they were “negatively impacted” by the mandates, such…


Buttigieg Responds After Hundreds of Flight Cancelations Reported Over July 4 Weekend

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg informed travelers about how to get refunds amid hundreds of cancelations and thousands of delays in flights across the United States ahead of July 4. According to airline tracking service FlightAware.com, as of Saturday, over 3,700 flights were delayed in the United States, including those in and out of the country. There…


Buttigieg Tells Travelers How to Get Refunds After Hundreds of Flight Delays, Cancelations in July 4 Rush

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Saturday informed travelers about how to get refunds amid hundreds of cancelations and thousands of delays in flights across the United States ahead of July 4. According to airline tracking service FlightAware.com, as of late Saturday, over 3,700 flights were delayed in the United States, including those in and out of…


Air Canada to Cut Flights This Summer Citing ‘Unprecedented Strains’ on Travel Operations

Air Canada is cancelling more than 15 percent of its daily flights this summer as the industry struggles with “unprecedented and unforeseen strains” on its operations amid an overwhelming travel resurgence. The move will see the airline cutting 77 round trips (or 154 flights) on average per day in the months of July and August….