… that put everyone behind the eight ball when weather actually did hit on Sunday and was further compounded by FAA staffing shortages Sunday evening.United CEO Scott Kirby on a series of delayed and canceled flights across the United States which began on Saturday; he says the challenges were caused by the Federal Aviation Administration’s staffing issues.
Big Picture: More than 8,000 flights across the U.S. were delayed or cancelled on Monday due to severe weather and “air traffic control staffing issues,” CNN reports. Since Tuesday morning, an additional 3,000+ flights within, into, or out of the U.S. were either cancelled or delayed due to powerful storms in the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast, marking the fourth day of flight cancellations and delays.
According to The Wall Street Journal, “Thunderstorms made some routes inaccessible, leading to backups and gridlock at airports. On Sunday, dozens of flights were diverted. Airlines cut some Monday flights in advance as they sought to recover from storms that left some crews and airplanes out of place.”
Why It Matters: The airports most impacted on Tuesday were Newark Liberty in New Jersey, LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy in New York and Logan in Boston. These airports “are all major hubs for either United or Delta.” (CNN).
United CEO Kirby has said he will meet with the FAA and Department of Transportation “to discuss what steps FAA can take in the immediate term to prevent this from happening again this summer,” while the FAA said, “We will always collaborate with anyone seriously willing to join us to solve a problem.”
by Jenna Lee,