Wave of cancelled flights from omicron closes out 2021

Wave of cancelled flights from omicron closes out 2021
Flight cancellations surged again on the last day of 2021, with airlines blaming it on crew shortages related to the spike in COVID-19 infections

More canceled flights frustrated air travelers on the final day of 2021 and appeared all but certain to inconvenience hundreds of thousands more over the New Year’s holiday weekend.

航空会社 blamed many of the cancellations on crew shortages related to the spike in COVID-19 infections, with wintry weather in parts of the アメリカ compounding the problem.

By midday Friday on the East Coast airlines had scrubbed more than 1,300 我ら. flights and 2,700 世界的に, 追跡サービスFlightAwareによると. That compared with about 1,400 我ら. cancellations for all of Thursday.

That pushed the total U.S. cancellations since Christmas Eve above 9,000.

The disruptions come just as travel numbers climb higher going into the New Year’s holiday weekend. Since Dec. 16, より多い 2 million travelers a day on average have passed through U.S. airport security checkpoints, an increase of nearly 100,000 a day since November.

Canceled flights began rising shortly before Christmas, most notably for ユナイテッド航空 Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways

金曜日に, United canceled more than 200 フライト, または 11% of its schedule — and that doesn’t include cancellations on the United Express regional affiliate. CommutAir, which operates many United Express flights, scrubbed one-third of its schedule by midday, according to FlightAware figures.

JetBlue canceled more than 140 フライト, または 14% of its schedule, and Delta grounded more than 100, または 5% of its flights by midday Friday.

Other forms of transportation are also being hammered by the surge in virus cases. アメリカ. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that it is monitoring more than 90 cruise ships because of COVID-19 outbreaks. The health agency warned people not to go on cruises, even if they are fully vaccinated against the virus.

The remnants of the delta variant and the rise of the new omicron variant pushed the seven-day rolling average of new daily COVID-19 cases in the U.S. 上記 350,000, nearly triple the rate of just two weeks ago, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

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