Seatbelts, please. Things might get bumpy tomorrow if you have Delta Air Lines reservations this summer.
Delta announced yesterday it’s proactively cutting about 100 daily flights during the July 1 to August 7 timespan.
“In recent months, we’ve made a number of adjustments to minimize disruptions and bounce back faster when challenges occur,” a statement read. “And that’s why we’ll be taking additional steps in the coming days and weeks to strategically decrease our flight schedule this summer.”
The service reductions affect “primarily…markets in the U.S. and Latin America that Delta frequently serves.”
Delta’s Chief Customer Experience Officer Allison Ausband notes several factors causing issues for Delta:
- Air traffic control
- Vendor staffing
- An increase in COVID case rates leading to work absences
I suspect the pilot shortage has something to do with it, too. You might’ve heard a Delta flight to Kona was delayed nearly a full day for a few reasons — including one of its scheduled pilots not being fully qualified. (Whoops!)
So, I’m predicting we’ll see some big schedule changes tomorrow. For those who don’t know: Saturday is when Delta schedule changes go live. Flight numbers, aircraft swaps, departure and arrival times, and flights in general can be changed. (One of my flights for later this fall was canceled during a recent Schedule Change Saturday.)
You’re eligible for a complimentary itinerary change to something that better suits your needs if a Delta schedule change consists of at least one of these criteria:
- A delay of 120 minutes or more
- A change in the routing of a scheduled Delta flight which adds one or more stops to the original itinerary
- A change in equipment from Delta Mainline to Delta Connection carrier
- Any change that causes a misconnect
- If a flight cancels and no comparable or acceptable routing is available within 120 minutes
So, keep an eye tomorrow on your Delta reservations! Double-check your seating assignments, flight numbers, and departure and arrival times.
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