National airline staffing shortage won’t impact flights out of Tri-Cities Airport

PASCO, Wash. — Over the last few days, thousands of flights across the United State have been cancelled due to staffing shortages within airlines. Locally, the Tri-Cities Airport hasn’t seen much of an impact.

KAPP-KVEW Local News spoke with Tri-Cities Airport Director Buck Taft, who reported that very few flights have been cancelled over the holiday weekend.

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The few flights that have been cancelled have mostly been due to winter weather conditions. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport cancelled more than 350 flights this weekend due to a snow storm that hit western Washington on Sunday, according to flight tracking website FlightAware.

But if your flight leaves Tri-Cities Airport, that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear for your whole trip. Most flights out of Tri-Cities are connecting to other flights at transfer hubs, meaning you could see one of your connecting flights cancelled.

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Holiday travel through Tri-Cities Airport is not at an all-time high, which may play a factor in the low flight cancellations. In fact, this is the 2nd busiest time of year, which began around Thanksgiving.

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