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Father, we pray for those who are not seeing their families because they are trapped in the airport. We pray that our airline system would be fixed and restored, Lord.

Flights are being cancelled across the country. What is going on? And is it related to COVID-era staffing shortages?

From USA Today. Travel issues continued piling up for fliers as flight delays and cancellations topped 10,000 — a tumultuous weekend for holiday travel blamed on staffing shortages, packed planes and the ripple effects from previous bad weather.

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On Monday, more than 3,000 flights within, into, or out of the U.S.  were delayed and about 370 flights canceled, as of 5 p.m. ET, according to FlightAware. TSA projected on Twitter that Monday could be Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s busiest day since the start of the pandemic.

“This has been another travel Armageddon weekend,” James Ferrara, co-founder and president of global host travel agency InteleTravel, told USA TODAY. “But it’s not isolated, or really a surprise.”

Friday was the busiest day for air travel this year with over 2.4 million people passing through security at U.S. airports, according to the Transportation Security Administration. On Saturday, there were 2.1 million travelers….

Currently, passenger volumes nationwide for this month are 87.7% of 2019 volumes, according to TSA spokesperson Lorie Dankers. The average number of people screened per day is 2.24 million compared to 2.56 million in June 2019….

Nationwide, Delta and United have the highest number of cancellations, with 7% and 3% of flights canceled, respectively, not including flights on their regional affiliates. Airports that are seeing the most issues include Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport in the New York City area.

Why are flights being canceled and delayed?

There are several factors contributing to the ongoing situation at the nation’s airports, notably the severe storms that hit much of the country the past week, the increased number of travelers during the Father’s Day and Juneteenth weekend and staff shortages….

Ferrara said the loss of skilled positions, such as pilots are aircrew, is “really what’s driving” all of the airline issues. Pilot unions at Delta, American and Southwest have said airlines haven’t been quick enough to replace pilots who retired or took leaves of absences when the pandemic began….

On Thursday, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg met with airline CEOs virtually to discuss how airlines can effectively handle the growing number of travelers through the summer. The meeting came weeks after airlines struggled with the Memorial Day holiday weekend, when around 2,800 flights were canceled during the five-day stretch….

How long will flight cancellations and delays continue to happen?

Josh Verde, former pilot and aviation expert with airline consultation group Aerovise, said he wouldn’t be surprised if travel woes continue throughout the rest of the year. Summer is expected to be the busiest time of the year, but holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas might bring similar issues for travelers….

How are you praying about these travel issues and cancellations? Share your thoughts and prayers below.

(Excerpt from USA Today. Photo Credit: L.Filipe C.Sousa on Unsplash)

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RAL
June 22, 2022

Father God, Thank you, that you have already provided abundant energy resources for this nation. I pray for the removal of any barriers to the restoration of our energy industry so that abundant supply and decreased prices would return. I pray that it would be profitable for airlines to operate with less than full planes again. I pray for an increase in domestic energy production, and a rolling back of regulations which have led to scarce fuel/ resources and soaring prices. Cause those in authority in these areas to do only Your will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Allena Jordan
June 22, 2022

Lord, I ask You to provide the necessary personnel so that all airlines can function without delay or cancellation due to lack of personnel. I ask You to raise up Your people to step into a place of influence in these airlines. Thank You for this mode of transportation. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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