With global travel demand soaring to new heights, airlines find themselves grappling with a myriad of challenges. Booking flights early has never been more important.
As we all know, the world of travel has been disrupted since the Covid-19 pandemic. Because of the lack of travel during this period, airlines suffered and were forced to downscale. Now, however, the industry is experiencing an unprecedented surge in flight bookings, as travelers are feeling a pent-up desire to explore new destinations. This spike not only requires all hands on deck due to staffing shortages but is also causing rising flight prices. Securing seats is more competitive than ever.
Many airlines are currently ill-equipped to handle the sudden influx of passengers. The industry’s resources are stretched thin, leading to operational inefficiencies causing cancellations and delays. Staffing shortages compound this issue, and the lengthy process of rehiring and training airline personnel further delays the industry’s recovery. Pilots, cabin crew members, ground staff, and technicians are all in high demand. This has led to reduced flight frequencies, longer wait times, and struggles on the customer service side. Remember to keep this in mind when speaking with airline workers who may be new and still in the learning process.
The Importance of Booking Flights Early
In the current landscape of the airline industry, booking your flights well in advance has become more crucial than ever. By securing your tickets early, you not only increase your chances of securing a seat on your desired flight but also gain an advantage over the rising competition. The availability of flights, especially on popular routes or during peak travel seasons, is becoming increasingly scarce. Booking in advance also allows you to take advantage of more affordable fares and gives you more flexibility in choosing desirable departure times, layover durations, and preferred seating options.
FTI can help you by scheduling your flights up to eleven months in advance. When you book with us, we handle the hassle, so you don’t have to stress in case of emergencies. Request a quote using the link below!
Tips for Before You Fly
- Stay on alert for official communications from your airline.
- Be prepared for potential cancellations, delays, and rescheduling. Remember that patience and kindness go a long way when speaking with airline staff.
- Give yourself plenty of time to get through security and to your gate for all flights, as airports are becoming increasingly crowded.
- We strongly encourage purchasing travel insurance for peace of mind and security in the case of travel woes.
If you need emergency assistance, our clients are welcome to call our after-hours emergency helpline at 804-550-0121. For non-emergencies, just reach out to your travel advisor during regular business hours!
Your FTI Team