‘Flightmare’ looming for summer, travel expert warns | WJHL

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Summer is right around the corner, and travelers who have been patiently waiting for a safe trip since the pandemic began are ready to buy flights and go on vacation. Although COVID infection rates have slowed, vaccines are readily available, and many people feel safe to travel again, the pandemic is still impacting air traffic.

“While it’s great news that travel has fully opened up and families can finally have a great vacation, the combination of increased demand and staff shortages can lead to significant delays and an inferior overall travel experience. average,” said Rose Ackerman, editor of the Family Destinations Guide.

An increase in demand for air travel combined with staff shortages could create a perfect storm for a “flightmare”, including flight delays or even cancellations.

Tips for traveling by air

The Family Destinations Guide shared some tips for easing travel issues amid a potential ‘runaway’:

  • Choose flights that depart early in the day. If your flight is canceled at the last minute, having an earlier flight time increases your chances of being rebooked and arriving at your destination the same day.
  • Anticipate delays. Delays are likely at every stage, from check-in to security. You’ll thank yourself for allowing extra time for long lines.
  • Familiarize yourself with your travel insurance policies. If you don’t typically buy travel insurance, it may be beneficial to consider this when traveling in a post-pandemic world.
  • Remember to be patient with airport and airline personnel. Traveling can be a stressful experience for everyone, but being kind to airline staff will make the experience easier for everyone.

According to the Transportation Safety Authority (TSA), passenger air travel is expected to be more concentrated during peak periods, with volumes that could match – or even exceed – those of previous years for the first time since the start of the pandemic and the implementation of travel restrictions. .

Beyond staffing shortages and potential delays, there’s another hurdle for would-be summer travelers: cost. Inflation is at its highest level in 40 years, and it is having an impact on the travel sector. Domestic airfare prices have risen 40% since the start of the year, according to airfare comparison site Hopper.

Gasoline prices have also climbed 48% since March. This obviously makes car travel more expensive, but it also makes flying more expensive. The airlines pass these prices on to the consumer.