Congresswoman Nikema Williams and Chairman Rick Larsen Act for Airline Passengers Facing Flight Cancellations

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05), a member of the Subcommittee on Aviation of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and Congressman Rick Larsen (WA-02), chairman of the Aviation Subcommittee, took action to help air travelers navigate increasing numbers of flight cancellations and delays. Congresswoman Williams and Chairman Larsen sent a letter to Airlines for America, which represents 10 of the largest U.S.-based airlines, seeking answers about the sources of widespread air travel difficulties. More than 750 flights at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport alone have been canceled in 2022. 

Congresswoman Williams and Chairman Larsen wrote to Nicholas E. Calio, President of Airlines for America: 

“This past holiday weekend alone, over 2,200 domestic flights were canceled. Meanwhile, both the weekend prior and Memorial Day weekend had cancelations in the hundreds. Recently, too many travelers have been left frustrated and scrambling to rearrange their schedules in response to widespread air travel difficulties. We appreciate your June 24th letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg outlining steps the airline industry is taking to address this problem. Yet, we request additional information from the industry to identify and evaluate the ongoing issues. Moreover, airlines must take all appropriate steps to ensure the flying public receives the safe and reliable services we have come to expect and deserve.”

Click here for the text of the letter. 

CONTACT: PressGA05@mail.house.gov 

Congresswoman Nikema Williams proudly serves Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District. Congresswoman Williams serves on the exclusive Financial Services Committee where she is Vice Chair of the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the Select Committee for the Modernization of Congress. She is Freshman Class President and Co-Chairs the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus. Congresswoman Williams builds on the Fifth District’s legacy as the cradle of the civil rights movement as a champion of voting rights, closing the racial wealth gap, and ensuring the promise of America for all–regardless of their ZIP code or bank account.

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