Airlines in florida challenged by crowded airspace and cancellations

Over the past several years, dating back to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, US airlines have been forced to wrestle with an increasingly challenging environment. The virus caused potential passengers to cancel plans practically overnight as the seriousness of the situation became apparent.

Now, more Americans are clamoring for travel, and bookings are returning to their pre-pandemic state. Passenger carriers are responding accordingly, adding more flights and staff to match consumer expectations. However, in one high-travel destination there remains a nagging obstacle which is prompting further needless headaches for travelers, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) — as well as other agencies within the federal government — can help reach a solution.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL, early Sunday morning, June 19, 2022. The rocket, carrying a Globalstar communications satellite, marks the 26th launch of the year for SpaceX and the third in the last 48 hours: Craig Bailey/FLORIDA TODAY via USA TODAY NETWORK.

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Florida has been a frequent refuge for countless Americans who have enjoyed its beaches, amusement parks, nightlife, and food, for decades. In 2021, in a relatively down year compared to before the virus arrived on our shores, over 122 million people visited the state, many of whom arrived on commercial flights. But that same air is becoming cluttered with other traffic, and the far-reaching effect is being felt by the millions of travelers who are hoping to find themselves under an umbrella on the beach this summer. It is also hurting the businesses on the ground who depend on a robust flow of travelers from out of town to keep their doors open.

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