Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Service Cuts, Pilot Shortage to Impact Summer Travel

Summer travel delays
Photo Credit: Tanathip Rattanatum/

If you’re considering going on vacation this year, flying might not necessarily be your best option. Thousands of flights have been canceled due to a nationwide pilot shortage, affecting many Americans and leaving some stranded. On top of the pilot shortage, major airlines have dialed back on service to certain cities in the U.S.

American Airlines will suspend service to Islip and Ithaca, New York, Toledo, Ohio, and Dubuque, Iowa, as of Sept. 7, 2022, according to an article by Yahoo News.

“We have 100 regional aircraft on the ground that we want to fly but can’t due to lack of regional pilots,” American Airlines’ spokesperson Brian Metham said according to Yahoo News. “Like many network carriers, we have reduced our regional flying in recent months in response to the regional pilot shortage.”

United Airlines have cut around 50 flights out of Newark, New Jersey in an effort to reduce delays. According to an article by the Merced Sun Star, the airline claims airport construction was among the reasons for operation interruptions.

At the height of the summer travel season, Delta Air Lines plans on dropping 100 daily flights, effective from July 1 to Aug. 7, according to The Hill

Photo Credit Kaique Roque/

A shortened Anniversary trip to Hawaii

Marianne Hammond, a Villa Hills, Kentucky, traveler talked to The Travel Addict about her experience being stranded at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

On her 50th anniversary trip Hammond said she was stuck at LAX on June 3 from 11 AM until 10 PM. Her flight was canceled because of a pilot shortage and hydraulic issues with the plane.

Hammond’s original flight was supposed to leave at 2:15 p.m. for Kauai, Hawaii but instead was delayed until 7:30 a.m. the next day. When she returned for her rescheduled flight she faced more cancellations. She and her husband even cut her trip short to minimize a 17- hour layover on the return flight home to Kentucky.

The flights back home consisted of Kauai to Los Angeles then from Los Angeles to Detroit, and finally from Detroit to Cincinnati. The only option that was not canceled on the journey home was the first, Kauai to Los Angeles.

A long and unpredictable summer travel season

Reported pilot shortages from major airlines were attributed to retirement or leave because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Staffing and pilot shortages are some of the main reasons for delays and cancellations this summer.

As schools close for the summer and vacations begin, pent-up travel demand will continue to pressure airlines. The July 4 weekend is right around the corner and major airlines will be tested again.

Latest Articles

North America

Tales of the Cocktail (TOTC) returned to New Orleans July 25-27, 2022 to celebrate its 20th anniversary. This is the first in-person TOTC event...

Lollapalooza Lollapalooza


Chicagoans are no strangers to the annual Lollapalooza Festival and now it’s expanding with a weekend in India in 2023. LollaIndia or Lollapalooza India...


We caught up with Chase Rice as he prepares to head back out on the road with Jason Aldean. Rice has been busy previewing...


The electronic music, New Orleans-based Buku Festival has canceled its 2023 date with no future rescheduled date so far. Buku Fest organizers took to...


Cincinnati Chef Christian Gill has taken over Guy’s Grocery Games Summer Tournament for the past five weeks. On the season finale Wednesday night, the...


Any Marriott Bonvoy American Express cardholder knows the perks of having the card, now enhancements have been made for small business members. The Marriott...

You May Also Like

North America

It’s no surprise that last year, Carnival carried approximately 5,000,000 passengers, 800,000 were children. Outside, above the lido deck of the Carnival Horizon, a 455-foot-long...

North America

I grew up loving baseball and taking road trips with my dad. So when I got the chance to check out Fenway Park for...


The ShipRocked Cruise, announced a major line-up earlier this year and they have announced additional artists to their growing list of musicians for the 2023...


“Morticia” is the name that social media followers chose for the rare corpse flower in the greenhouse at the Cincinnati Zoo Discovery Forest. The...