Pete Buttigieg Says Airlines Need to Make Air Travel Better

It’s not just your imagination. Flying has really gotten worse this year. In addition to lost luggage and unruly customers, flights are increasingly canceled and delayed.

The reasons for the cancellations range from pilot shortages to storms and other natural events exacerbated by climate change. But the end result is that it increasingly takes people to get somewhere.

That’s just a bit of an exaggeration, though. According to information released by the Department of Transportation, 3.2% of US flights were canceled and 24% delayed during the first six months of the year. As noted by FlightAware, “this is higher than a 2.1% cancellation rate and a 17.2% delay rate over the same period in 2019.”

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