X2 It’s very difficult there.Decreasing the number of flights will only drive up the costs of air travel. I understand the desire to eliminate the airport congestion and delays but I am pretty well fed up with the whole scene. My neighbour travelled internationally last week and has Nexus. He was truly grateful as he said flying out of Pearson on an early morning was the worst he's ever seen and he is a regular flyer. Security lined up for regular travelers for as far as he could see. He heads out again this weekend and will provide me with an update when he gets back. Fortunately I have not had to go through YYZ and have made every effort not to if at all possible. Delta has already offered free rebookings and incentives for those travelling over the 4th of July weekend. Looks like it will be awhile before the system can handle the demand. It's too bad as I don't believe we are back to prepandemic levels.
Do not know. We are not flying anywhere at the moment. Hoping to get away mid Sept but this will depend on whether airline and airport issues here and in Europe get resolved. Certainly we are not booking anything.Is it possible that we have more novice flyers these days?
Apparently a big reason for passport delays is also that many first time (new) passport applications are coming in. These require a lot more manual work than routine renewals on previous passport holders.
I think that it is an IT issue. We have been pricing flights to Greece in Sept by various Canadian and European gateways. As of two days ago lots of options and prices were coming up as bookable. Same for a SE Asia flight in January.Seat selection does not do anything to prevent cancellation. Seat sales are the only thing that I am aware of that impacts cancellation in regards to purchases. The airlines are fairly opaque in explaining when there are delays reroutes and cancellations. It is disappointing and annoying. I have a few friends that work for the airports and they say usually the grounds are reasonable weather, regulations etc. As of late the delays and cancellations are more logistical. Staffing, scheduling, parts, planes etc. Most flights are fully booked so it is not about occupancy at all which was the cause of reduced flights over the past couple years.
I looked into booking a flight to Spain this afternoon via Westjet for October. The attempt was futile as I could select dates but not book a return fare for any of the available dates. It would allow me to select a date but not choose between economy, economy plus etc. The return fare was set a $0.00 and I could not seIect any options. Perhaps it was an IT issue. I will try again tomorrow but suspect it may be part of their recent announcement of reduced flights and a greater focus on domestic routes. I already let some companion flights expire in June and may be letting the August fare lapse if I cannot book at a reasonable cost that works within my vacation window. I guess I could be optimistic and be grateful for the forced savings. 🤷♂️