Flight cancellations rose again on the last day of 2021, with airlines attributing it to crew shortages related to the spike in COVID-19 infections.
More canceled flights disappointed air travelers on the last day of 2021 and appeared sure to inconvenience hundreds of thousands over the New Year’s holiday weekend.
Airlines blamed many of the cancellations on crew shortages related to the spike in COVID-19 infections, with chilly weather worsening in parts of the United States.
The interruptions come as travel numbers swell over the New Year’s holiday weekend. Since December 16, an average of more than 2 million passengers a day have passed through U.S. airport security checkpoints, an increase of nearly 100,000 a day since November.
On Friday, United canceled more than 200 flights, or 11% of its schedule — and that doesn’t include cancellations on the United Express regional affiliate. According to data from FlightAware, CommuteAir, which operates many United Express flights, scrapped one-third of its schedule by noon.
JetBlue canceled more than 140 flights, or 14% of its schedule, and Delta canceled more than 100, or 5%, of flights as of Friday afternoon.
The remnants of the Delta version and the rise of the new Omron version pushed the seven-day rolling average of new daily COVID-19 cases in the US above 350,000, nearly triple the rate just two weeks ago, according to data from Johns Hopkins. Was. University.