Snow, Covid Surge Snarl U.S. Air Travel With Cancellations

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Air travelers faced more than 2,200 canceled flights in or out of the US on Sunday and more than 3,000 delays as winter weather and staff shortages continued to plague the nation’s air carriers.

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The impact of the storm, which fell as much as five inches of snow on Chicago, took off flights from two of its major airports. As of Sunday afternoon, Chicago O’Hare International had 25% cancellations, according to air traffic tracker FlightAware. On Saturday, 44% of flights to and from O’Hare were canceled, and 54% were canceled except for Chicago Midway International.

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According to FlightAware, as of Sunday afternoon, Southwest Airlines (ticker: LUV) had canceled 11% of its flights, while JetBlue (JBLU) had 16%, Delta Air Lines (DAL) 6% and American Airlines (AAL) 4%. % canceled. skywest,
(SKYW), which operates the regional carrier for United Airlines, Delta, American and Alaska Airlines, canceled 20% of its flights.

According to FlightAware, JetBlue was already canceling 10% of its flights on Monday. A JetBlue representative was not immediately available on Sunday. In December, the airline said it would trim its schedule Due to staff shortage in mid-January

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The problems come as US air travel tries to return to normalcy during a holiday season already hit by a surge in the latest version of the coronavirus.

According to the Transportation Security Administration, on Saturday, the first day of 2022, 1.6 million people passed through security checkpoints at airports. This was compared to 1.2 million on the same day in 2021 and 2.2 million in 2020. The total number of screenings last year was 580 million, which is about 80% more Compared to 2020 but still 30% less than in 2019.

Write to Liz Moyer at [email protected]

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