The major airlines have scheduled 574,489 departures in October and 555,515 in November, according to recent data from Airline Data Inc. This is a far cry from the 677,882 departures in October 2019 and 639,248 in November 2019, according to the data.
Airline leaders say it will still be several years before their staffing and capacity catch up to demand. That means higher fare prices are here to stay. And fewer or no flights to areas that are less visited.