Thousands of Flight Cancellations Over Omicron

Thousands of Flight Cancellations Over Omicron

( – After nearly two years of quarantines and other COVID-related restrictions, Americans eagerly hit the airports during the holiday season. However, they didn’t anticipate the arrival of an unwanted guest — the Omicron variant.

Omicron’s rapid spread left people scrambling to adjust their holiday plans due to last-minute and completely unexpected flight delays and cancellations, not only in America but also around the world.

On Monday, December 27, predictive flight-tracking aviation company FlightAware reported airline cancellations totaling 3,259 flights, with 1,474 of them within, entering or departing the United States. Likewise, airlines delayed 16,027 flights, with 7,661 impacting passengers entering, exiting, or traveling within US borders.

Alaska Airlines topped the US list, delaying 47% of its flights and canceling an additional 24%.

  • Utah-based SkyWest Airlines delayed 35% of its flights and canceled 17%;
  • Delta delayed 34%, canceled 5%;
  • United delayed 33%, canceled 4%;
  • American Airlines delayed 18%, canceled 3%;
  • JetBlue delayed 41%, canceled 7%;
  • Southwest delayed 41%, canceled 1%.

As of 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, FlightAware reported 2,911 delays (447 within, into, or out of the US) and 2,178 cancellations (671 impact the US). The tracking company lists 22 delays and 783 cancellations for Wednesday and Thursday shows 2 delays and 88 cancellations so far.

Understandably, people are frustrated with the cyclic ups and downs associated with the pandemic. Supply-side shortages and raging inflation have already created challenges for the holidays for many. Getting stranded is the last thing travelers have on their bucket list as 2021 draws to a close.

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