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Travel turbulence expected ahead of Fourth of July weekend amid continued flight cancelations, delays
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Travel turmoil ahead of the holiday weekend
FOX Business’ Lydia Hu reports on flight cancelations ahead of the busy July 4 holiday.
Travel turmoil is getting worse ahead of the busy holiday weekend as hundreds of flight cancellations and delays in the United States continued into Monday.
The total delays within, into, or out of the United States was nearly 1000 with 700 U.S. flights and more than 2,300 flights, including international flights, canceled as of Monday morning, according to FlightAware.
The company, which provides flight tracking data, also noted that, on Sunday, there were nearly 7,000 flight delays within, into, or out of the U.S. and 867 cancelations within the country.
In a live report on "Mornings with Maria" from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on Monday morning, FOX Business’ Lydia Hu noted that around 16% of flights departing from that airport were already canceled.
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Despite all the travel troubles, demand continues to soar even with skyrocketing prices for airfare amid higher fuel prices.
According to data released earlier this month by the Labor Department, airline fares surged in May as more people began to travel with prices soaring 18.6% in the one-month period and 33.3% over the past year — marking the steepest one-month increase since the inception of the report in 1963.
Earlier this month, Hayley Berg, lead economist at mobile travel app Hopper, told Fox News Digital that demand for summer travel is still "strong," noting that "demand has grown 50% faster since the start of the year compared to the first four months of 2019."
Domestic airfare is averaging $404 round-trip, up 40% from $288 this time last year and 26% from $322 round-trip in 2019, Hopper noted earlier this month, adding that international airfare is also seeing a 35% boost from the same time last year and 17% from 2019.
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Despite higher prices, the TSA recorded 2,462,097 travelers on Sunday, which is about 300,000 more than the year before and significantly higher than 2020 levels when the number of passengers passing through checkpoints was under one million.
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Airlines for America, an airline industry trade group, sent a letter on Friday to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg saying that the Federal Aviation Administration must ensure adequate air traffic control staffing to avoid further summer travel disruptions.
The letter mentioned that one of the group’s members estimated that air traffic control–related issues were a factor in at least one-third of recent flight cancelations, noting that "staffing challenges have led to traffic restrictions under blue sky conditions."