This weekend marks the beginning of summer…as well as the summer travel season.
Florida tourism is already breaking records this year, and this weekend alone, over 2 million Floridians are expected to travel. However, although travel demand is up, there are still some factors — including the ongoing global pandemic, high gas prices, and inflation — that might make travel for many more challenging this summer. Plus it might be a little harder to find flights to Orlando soon on one airline.
Delta Airlines has announced it will be cutting 100 flights daily this summer. This means that there will be fewer flights available through the airline each day, and with the high demand for travel this year, it could mean that the remaining flights sell out fast.
The following was posted to Delta’s website: “In recent months, we’ve made a number of adjustments to minimize disruptions and bounce back faster when challenges occur. And that’s why we’ll be taking additional steps in the coming days and weeks to strategically decrease our flight schedule this summer. From July 1-Aug. 7, we’ll reduce service by approximately 100 daily departures, primarily in markets in the U.S. and Latin America that Delta frequently serves. This will build additional resilience in our system and improve operational reliability for our customers and employees; we’ll continue to proactively adjust select flights in the coming weeks.”
The company cited such challenges as “weather and air traffic control, vendor staffing, increased COVID case rates contributing to higher-than-planned unscheduled absences in some work groups” as the reasoning behind cutting down on the number of flights.
The airline also suggested that those passengers who have already booked flights be sure to check their flight status on either the Delta website or app. Also, flight changes and updates will be delivered directly to email or mobile devices if contact information is included or added later to passengers’ booking information.
This comes several months after a busy holiday travel season that saw multiple airlines canceling flights due to many of the reasons Delta gave for making these changes. Airlines have continued to have problems — even in late January, nearly 5,000 flights were canceled due to winter storms.
So if you’re looking to fly to Disney World this summer, we would recommend booking your flight as early as possible if you plan on flying. For those of you who have already booked a flight, be sure to keep checking your flight’s status to make sure it hasn’t been canceled or changed in any way. If your flight to Disney World gets cancelled, we’ve put together a guide of what to do in that situation.
As always, we’ll keep an eye on the summer travel situation and let you know of any updates. So stay tuned to DFB for more news.
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