Widespread flight cancellations continue as omicron spreads

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Hundreds of flights are being canceled as the Omicron version wreaks havoc for both passengers and airlines, who are having to cobble together flight crews as infections escalate between pilots and flight attendants.

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According to data from flight-tracking website FlightAware, more than 850 flights were canceled as of Wednesday afternoon, and that number has increased throughout the day. About 1,300 flights were canceled on Tuesday for flights entering, leaving or entering the US, and about 1,500 on Monday.

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Delta, United and JetBlue have all said that the Omicron version was causing enough staffing issues that flights were cancelled.

SkyWest led the US carriers with 195 cancellations, followed by United with 158 and Delta with 103. Due to COVID-19.

The Pacific Northwest was slammed by cold and heavy snow over the weekend. According to FlightAware, among US airports, Seattle-Tacoma had the highest percentage of canceled incoming and outgoing flights on Wednesday.

Omicron has exacerbated already significant staffing issues for airlines, which won the workforce in 2020 as air travel, only to become widespread when vaccination rates soared and millions of people flew again this year. Felt comfortable filling.

If cancellations maintain the current pace over the weekend it could translate to travel headaches for hundreds of thousands of people. The Transportation Security Administration expects the Monday after New Years to be one of the busiest days of the holiday season.

According to data from TSA Checkpoint, the number of people flying this holiday season is higher than last year – before COVID-19 vaccinations became available – but still lags behind 2019 passenger numbers.

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