Flight delays, staffing shortages hit Philadelphia Airport Airlines

Philadelphia Airport worker walking toward an American Airlines jet.
Image via Philadelphia International Airport.

Labor shortages are affecting summer air travel here in Philadelphia and across the country, writes Nathan Bomey for Axios.

Airlines are trying to deal with a sudden upswing in demand without sufficient workers to cover the load.  Their solution has been to cut flights and reduce commitments to regional airports.

The shortages could last well past the Fourth of July holiday weekend and summer air travel into 2023.

At Philadelphia International Airport Monday, there were about 180 total delays and 27 cancellations, according to the flight tracking website FlightAware.

In recent weeks, more than 100 flights have been delayed or canceled at PHL.

American Airlines, Philly’s largest airline, announced last week it is ending two service routes Sept. 7 to New York state because of they don’t have enough pilots.

Besides pilots, airlines are coming up short on people to serve passengers and unload bags.

Some U.S. airlines are boosting pay to attract and keep workers.

Higher labor rates could phase out small regional jets in smaller markets.

Meanwhile, passenger rates to PHL between June and August are expected to be 13% over this time last year, but still 18% below the same period in 2019,

Read more at Axios about flight delays and labor issues at PHL.