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JACKSONVILLE—Climate. Staffing shortages. Inflation. It has been a troublesome slog for some air vacationers this 12 months — beginning with the winter vacation season and lengthening in waves into the early summer season journey season.

Final week, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg held a digital assembly with airline CEOs to go over steps the airways are taking to function easily over the July 4 vacation and the remainder of the summer season, and to enhance lodging of passengers who get stranded when flights are canceled.

Over the Memorial Day vacation weekend that usually kicks off the summer season journey season, airways struggled with unhealthy climate and shortages of staff, particularly pilots, resulting in widespread cancellations.

As of June 16, greater than 2.2 million vacationers a day on common have gone by means of safety checkpoints at U.S. airports. That’s up 22% from a 12 months in the past though nonetheless down 13% from the identical interval earlier than the pandemic.

An increase in flight cancellations and delays amid staffing shortages has disrupted vacationers. By late Wednesday night, whole flight delays hovered close to 15,000 and whole cancellations close to 3,000, based on FlightAware.

Jacksonville Worldwide Airport is seeing delays and cancellations too.

We spoke with vacationers Thursday in regards to the looming disruptions to journey.

Based on, they’ve had a number of delays right here as we speak alone. We talked to 1 traveler who mentioned his flight was cancelled.

“That is the primary time it bought canceled,” says Andreas Santinaro. He mentioned he has to place his trip plans on maintain for now.

“I used to be going to go to Chicago as we speak and tomorrow, fly to the west coast, so that they needed to rebook every part.”

Based on flight conscious, JIA has seen 10 delayed flights as we speak alone

JIA officers inform us unhealthy climate in different components of the nation is accountable for the delays and the cancellations. They suggest that vacationers come to the airport at the least two hours early to get by means of safety checkpoints earlier than it’s time to board.

Different vacationers like Santinaro have heard about these cancellations and delays and they’re hoping they don’t get caught up in additional of those flight disruptions.

“We’re sort of nervous that it is going to be delayed or canceled,” mentioned Greta Carter, who’s attempting to fly to Maryland.

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