Get Money Back From Cancelled Flights & Huge Delays
New legislation has come down the pipe for the inconvenience of cancelled flights and huge delays. According to the United States Department of Transportation, airlines and ticket agents are required to make refunds promptly. For airlines it’s defined as refunds within 7 business days if a passenger paid by credit card. If paying by cash or check, your refund should take up to 20 days. It’s no surprise that in 2019, the number of flights performed by the global airline industry was 38.9 million. In 2020, pre-COVID, it was 40.3 million. Then the numbers collapsed: 16.4 million in 2020 post-COVID, and 22.2 million this year so far.
When you arrive at the airport do you ever look at how old the plane is flying you to your destination? The average lifespan of commercial planes are 25 to 30 years and many passenger aircrafts are converted into freighter aircraft for cargo only. British Airways retired its fleet of Boeing 747s during the global pandemic due to the decline in air travel.
Since 1903 there have been countless flights made since the invention of the airplane by the Wright Brothers. Commercial aviation has a long history as well, longer than many people would believe. The first commercial flight happened January 1, 1914, three years before the United States entered the first World War. The flight took place was piloted by Tony Jannus between St. Petersburg and Tampa. That flight of 23 minutes between the two cities separated by 21 miles of bay waters. The plane maintained an altitude of 15 feet across open waters of the bay, rather than a high arch like one would see in todays flights. The plane was a Benoist XIV, two seater with a very small flight deck.