Travel trouble Tuesday: American, Spirit cancel hundreds of flights for third consecutive day
American Airlines and Spirit Airlines have canceled nearly 800 Tuesday flights, the third consecutive day of major travel trouble for the airlines' passengers.
American, which is still struggling to recover from Sunday storms at its mammoth Dallas hub, canceled 367 Tuesday flights, or 12% percent of its schedule, according to flight tracker FlightAware. The airline canceled 563 Monday flights and nearly 300 Sunday flights. Flight delays have been sizable, too, with 632 American flights, or one in five, affected so far today.
Much smaller Spirit has canceled 419 flights, a staggering 60% of its Tuesday flights. That's on top of canceling 42% of its Monday flights due to weather and what it called a series of operational challenges.
The airline proactively canceled Tuesday flights "to reset our operations,'' spokesman Field Sutton said in a statement.
"We're working around the clock to mitigate the travel disruptions caused by overlapping operational challenges including weather, system outages and staffing shortages in some areas of the operation,'' the statement said. link
There Are Now More Job Openings Than Unemployed Workers
Starting in 2018 and lasting all the way until the covid pandemic, a remarkable golden age flourished in the US job market: that's when for 24 consecutive months there were more job openings in the US than unemployed people. Of course, this remarkable strength in the job market ended with a thud in early 2020 when the US economy was shut down in March due to the covid pandemic, and when there were a record 18.5 million more unemployed than there were job openings.
How things have changed since then: according to the BLS, as of July the number of unemployed employees had dropped to 8.7 million, down sharply from 9.5 million in June and the lowest since March 2020. But what is more notable is that this happens during a time of historic labor shortages, with the NFIB yesterday reporting that unfilled job openings at small business had hit a new record high, with 49% of owners reporting job openings they could not fill in July, according to NFIB’s monthly jobs report. Unfilled job openings have remained far above the 48-year historical average of 22%. link
Cory Huffman is the owner of Cold Factor Heating and Air in North Texas and says they are experiencing shortages of copper, steel, aluminum, coils and ductwork. He says units may be hard to find by the middle of July "Multiple suppliers on multiple sides are saying we've got orders in, but the manufacturers are saying to us I don't know what quantity I can give you until six to eight weeks from now." link
U.S. Airlines Wrestle with Fuel Shortages
U.S. airlines are struggling to accommodate surging demand for air travel as a lack of available pipeline space for jet fuel and a shortage of fuel trucks and drivers have led to low fuel inventories at some airports, primarily smaller ones in the western part of the country. According to trade group Airlines for America (A4A), proactive measures by members include carrying extra fuel uploaded at unaffected origin airports on flights to supplement the fuel supply at destination airports suffering from a shortage. “We have been and continue to be in communication with federal authorities and pipeline operators to address this jet fuel capacity issue,” A4A said in a statement. link
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