Delays and how to address them
Airlines are part of an interdependent aviation system which has to work like clockwork to get passengers to their destinations safely and on time.
But any approach to address delays should involve everyone in the picture – airlines, airports, air traffic management, governments and passengers themselves – so that, together, we can improve on-time performance, and when delays do happen, ensure that passengers are properly cared for.
Regulation that requires airlines alone to pay compensation or provide care and assistance as a result of delays does not address the fundamental problem of why delays occur.
It ignores that market forces at play that will compel airlines to offer solutions in order to keep their customers. And it may cause airlines to cancel flights instead – an even more unpleasant experience for passengers.
delays are beyond the control of airlines. They happen because of a variety of reasons – like weather, overtaxed infrastructure and crowded airspace.
That’s why we think partnership and planning – amongst airports, airlines, ANSPs and governments - is the best way to take care of passengers when delays happen, and reduce delays themselves.
JetBlue: Reducing Delays