Your Summer Air Travel Could Be Complicated By a 'Very Frustrating' Issue, Expert Says It's a global problem with no end in sight anytime soon.
According to Walsh, engine part shortages will be especially felt — which could then hold up the delivery of new aircraft from manufacturers. A lack of air traffic control staff introduces yet another challenge, he added.
There's a high global demand for planes and not enough of them to go around, Reuters reported last month. Airbus and Boeing are seeing billions of dollars of new orders extending past 2030 as interest in air travel continues to surge, per the outlet.
The plane and staff shortages are "outside of" airlines' and airports' control, Walsh said, but he remains "optimistic" for the industry, which is set to return to profitability this year.