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Travelers Face Violent Fourth of July Journey at RDU

This weekend will be the second busiest for travel since 2000, with a record number of Americans planning to hit the road, according to Axios’ Kelly Taiko.

The News & Observer reports that Raleigh-Durham International Airport could be experiencing its busiest weekend since pre-pandemic, with most passengers arriving on Friday and Monday.

Why is it important: Be patient and stock up on extra time because travelers are likely to see longer queues and waiting times, as well as increased traffic.

  • “There is a lot of pent up travel demand due to COVID-19, which is why many people are still looking to travel on July 4th and this summer, despite inflation and gas prices,” said Eric Jones, co-founder of The Vacationer. Axios said.

What is happening: Additional congestion is caused by several factors besides people suffering from post-COVID travel bugs:

Plot: The airline and the federal government, which is responsible for air traffic control through the Federal Aviation Administration, are being blamed.

  • Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian cites a “tight” air traffic control system as the main cause of U.S. flight disruptions, he told employees in a June 29 webinar viewed by Airline Weekly.
  • Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who oversees the FAA, has accused airlines of downsizing despite $54 billion in federal aid during the pandemic. “Most of the cancellations and most of the delays have nothing to do with air traffic control personnel,” he told NBC Nightly News on June 28.

It is worth noting: Delta is the most popular airline from RDU. The airline already knows it will run into “operational issues” over the holiday weekend and is offering free rebooking to travelers.

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