The airline industry plotted a course for recovery in 2021, but recent difficulties may have put that plan into a holding pattern.
While major airlines checked in with improving financial results for the second quarter, both they and smaller carriers have seen a number of complications. Technical issues, the latest storm season, and staffing issues have led to thousands of cancellations in recent weeks.1,2
How will the airline industry meet the world’s voracious demand for fast and reliable air travel? While it’s possible that staffing issues may only be temporary in light of recent Delta variant surges, could these workers be looking for other, less public employment opportunities?
1. CNBC.com, August 10, 2021
2. AviationWeek.com, August 10, 2021