Pete Buttigieg Says Airlines Need to Make Air Travel Better

It’s not just your imagination. Flying really has been getting worse this year. In addition to the lost luggage and unruly customers, flights are getting canceled and delayed more and more often.

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 more and more often, it’s taking longer and longer for people to get anywhere.

That’s only somewhat of an exaggeration, mind you. According to information released by the Department of Transportation, 3.2% of US flights were canceled and 24% were delayed during the first six months of the year. As noted by FlightAware, “this is up from a 2.1% cancellation rate and 17.2% delay percentage during the same period in 2019.”

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