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Maggie MacNeil wins Canada’s first gold medal at Tokyo Olympics in 100m butterfly

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By Mitch Phillips Reuters Posted July 25, 2021 7:56 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size -A Larger font Increase article font size A+

Passengers have flocked back to airports more quickly than airlines anticipated, and so have travel headaches like delayed and canceled flights.

Bad weather has caused some of the problems, but union officials and industry observers also cite staff shortages after too many pilots, mechanics and other workers were let go to cut costs during the pandemic. The troubles illustrate the complexity of resurrecting the industry after more than a year of near-hibernation.

Southwest Airlines Co. and American Airlines Group Inc., two of the hardest-hit by cancellations and delays last month, took steps to stabilize their operations ahead of the busy July 4 weekend. Southwest offered flight attendants and ground staff double pay to work extra shifts over the holiday period. American trimmed back schedules to build in room for recovery from potential hiccups.

The efforts appear to have helped. Thunderstorms roiled flight schedules last week, prompting hundreds of cancellations and thousands of delays. But weather improved over the weekend and airline operations were smoother, airline officials said.

Carriers faces another test this week as Tropical Storm Elsa reaches the south Florida airports that have been among the most popular travel destinations this summer. Airlines canceled hundreds of flights Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Maggie MacNeil wins Canada’s first gold medal at Tokyo Olympics in 100m butterfly

The silver medal went to China's Zhang Yufei and the bronze to Australia's Emma McKeon. 

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Support is rolling in for a 32-year-old Alberta rower who advanced to the Olympic finals this weekend and overcame serious injuries that included two...

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By Mitch Phillips Reuters Posted July 25, 2021 7:56 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size -A Larger font Increase article font size A+