Cranky on the Web: More Cancellation Stories

Cranky on the Web

When will flyers get relief from omicron-driven flight cancellations? Travel Weekly
I think we all want to know the answer to this question. Sadly, it’s all just guessing right now. I still think it’s likely to be highly disruptive in January and then things can get back to a more normal schedule.

The perils of air travel right now — and a silver liningCNN
This storyline just won’t go away, and I don’t expect it will for another month.

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2 comments on “Cranky on the Web: More Cancellation Stories

  1. It is worth noting that there is improvement in which cancellations for some airlines while others continue to have fewer cancellations and others are cancelling more than when this all started before Christmas.
    Alaska, JetBlue and Southwest have all been cancelling 10% or more of their operations for multiple days; sure, there has been weather but that was true throughout the pandemic. United has been between 5-10% of its mainline system cancelled for multiple days.
    American has maintained its position of having well less than 5% of system cancellations while Delta has returned to that position.
    Regional carriers are now taking a higher percentage of cancellations than they did at the beginning of the holiday cancellation crisis compared to mainline carriers.

  2. It’s really hard to get upset with any carrier right now with the cancellation issues related to illness UNLESS they are still selling all inventory even a few days out only to have to cancel the flights. I don’t want to hear any whining about how they don’t know either. I have noticed enough of a pattern for at least United which seems to target Hub to Hub flying first for cancellations. I get it, but as this is an ongoing problem, can you please not sell 100% inventory on every flight then act like you aren’t prepared for the cancellations.

    I do feel for them as an aviation enthusiast as there is always the tug of war between revenue and fluid operations. However, as a customer, I’m not going to be nearly as forgiving for continuing to sell seats on flights on routes that you know will have a high chance of cancellations.

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