Delta cuts its summer schedule in an effort to avoid disruptions due to increased demand

Delta Airlines planes are parked at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

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Delta Airlines is cutting around 100 flights a day from July 1 to August 7, becoming the latest carrier to reduce capacity in hopes of avoiding flight disruptions for thousands of travelers.

Summer cuts account for approximately 2% of Delta’s scheduled departures. Other carriers including JetBlue Airways Other Spirit Airlines they have also curtailed schedules to give their operations more leeway to handle challenges such as bad weather and staff shortages.

“More than at any time in our history, the various factors currently affecting our business – weather and air traffic control, supplier personnel, increased rates of COVID cases contributing to higher than planned unplanned absences in certain groups of work – are resulting in an operation that is not consistently up to the standards Delta has set for the industry in recent years, ”Delta’s chief customer experience officer Allison Ausband wrote in a note to customers Thursday.

Delta also asked pilots to take open shifts during a busy Memorial Day weekend, when it expects to fly 2.5 million people, a 25% increase from last year.

Fewer seats mean more fare power for airlines as travelers return to the skies after more than two years of the pandemic.

Southwestern Airlinesfor example, on Thursday it said it expects its second-quarter capacity to be 7% lower than 2019 levels, with operating revenues up 15% from three years ago.