Hundreds of flights canceled in America due to the shortage of flight crews

Many Americans planning to travel to meet their families for the National Day holiday on the Fourth of July will find themselves having to adjust their projects after airlines canceled hundreds of flights due to a shortage of staff.

At noon, about 600 flights were canceled and more than 2,200 were delayed, according to the "Flightware" website, which specializes in tracking air traffic.

On Friday, the situation was also difficult, as the site announced that it had monitored the cancellation of 587 flights out of a total of 3,060 canceled flights in the world, and the delay of about eight thousand others.

These problems are increasingly facing American travelers, as American airlines operate with 15 percent fewer crews compared to the pre-pandemic period, and are facing difficulties in dealing with the return of the high demand for travelers on flights.

Airlines confirm that they are working to find a solution to the problem, and are strengthening their campaigns to hire pilots and crew members, knowing that the number of seats available to passengers has decreased due to measures to contain Covid-19.

Sector experts talk about other external factors that exacerbate the situation, especially in terms of climate and the pandemic.

And Saturday, US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg reminded travelers in a tweet that they are entitled to a refund of travel tickets in the event of cancellations of flights.

On Thursday, Delta Air Lines pilots went on strike to demand higher wages to compensate for the extra hours they worked.

And Saturday, Haisson Ambrosi, one of their union representatives, considered in a statement to the American "CNN" news network that "overbooking (selling tickets) is frankly irresponsible. With the exit from the pandemic, the number of flights that exceeds the number of pilots will be included."

Ambrosi stressed that the fatigued pilots had no intention of booking passengers, but stressed that the issue was a "safety issue".

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