FAA offers fix for snarled Florida air travel this summer
Air travel to Florida increased faster than other places during the pandemic. Airlines have also scheduled more flights this summer. This raises concerns about the potential for widespread disruptions that could spread far beyond the state’s borders.
The FAA stated that it has also agreed to keep airlines updated about space launches and other events which could impact the routes airlines use in Florida. Airlines claim they were caught unaware by route closures that forced them to cancel flights.
Most noteworthy, Southwest Airlines blamed bad weather and air traffic control in Florida for cascading problems that led it to cancel more than 2,000 flights over three days last October. JetBlue Airways attributed the cancellations to these and other factors last month.
The FAA stated that it will use alternate routes more often, sometimes at lower altitudes which would increase fuel consumption, to keep planes moving in the event of disruptions. According to the FAA, it will also create a plan to respond to snarls similar to its New York City operation.
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