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Aircraft and transport: US wants to avoid Summer chaos

Flight reductions, staff hiring and new airport procedures are on the way

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and some airlines are trying to avert cancellations and delays ahead of the Summer high season, when strong travel demand peaks. Among the measures adopted so far are the reduction of connections scheduled between June and August, massive staff recruitment campaigns and various innovations relating to airport security procedures. 

It's a move made necessary by the prospects for traffic volumes expected for Summer 2023. The number of Americans traveling could in fact break the record recorded in 2019, in the pre-pandemic period. This is good news for airport managers and airlines, but in addition to the positive economic effects, it could also lead to blowbacks (compensations for delayed or canceled flights) if the system does not keep up with demand. 

In view of Summer 2023, FAA is loosening the rules on security at the busiest airports. These include halting minimal slot usage for airlines (in New York City and Washington) and opening 169 new routes, mainly at high altitudes and along the east coast, to ease congestion. For their part, some companies plan to use larger planes, to limit flights, and to hire staff.

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