Passenger complaints about airlines rose sharply in the first half of the year, according to consumer watchdogs. The number of canceled flights declined, but delays and other problems increased.
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A public meeting is scheduled for Thursday to hear input on a list of Greensboro transportation projects.
No airline currently offers cash compensation in addition to refunds or amenities. The White House plans to change that. The move comes after a chaotic holiday travel season.
The GAO also said airlines are taking longer to recover from disruptions like storms. It said surges in cancellations in late 2021 and early 2022 lasted longer than they did before the pandemic.
The meltdowns that recently brought flights to a halt have prompted lawmakers to draft new rules for airlines. The changes would give travelers at least $1,350 if bumped from an overbooked flight.
The Department of Transportation says it is looking into the airline's flight scheduling practices and will hold it accountable for refunds. The 16,700 canceled flights cost Southwest $800 million.
The trucking industry projects it will need to hire over a million drivers over the next decade. One idea that's gained some traction: Bring in younger drivers, starting in high school.
Ahead of the Fourth of July travel weekend, Bernie Sanders calls on the U.S. Department of Transportation to take action to reduce airline cancellations and delays.
The Senate approved a temporary extension to fund the federal highway program. The move should end furloughs for the transportation employees once President Biden signs the measure.
Airlines got billions in federal COVID-19 aid over the past year, but consumer advocates and two senators say the companies are sitting on nearly $15 billion in refunds owed for canceled travel.