Friday, 25 December 2020

More travel chaos from Delta

More holiday flight chaos from Delta Air Lines as the U.S. mega-carrier cancels dozens of flights over Christmas due to a lack of pilots.

The airline had promised to have learned from the mass disruption it inflicted upon passengers of the thanksgiving holiday.  However, as reported by One Mile at a Time and FlightAware Delta axed 5% of its flights yesterday and has already cancelled over 120 flights today and more look set to be axed as the day unfolds. 

The major cause of the disruption is the lack of pilots the carrier has available on in short-haul, narrow-body fleet following a number of earlier retirements and retraining instigated at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.  The airline has also seen a rise in the number of its flying staff having to quarantine after contracting the virus. 

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