Airlines canceled more than 2,400 flights across the United States by midday Saturday, by far the worst day in the industry’s weeklong struggle with bad weather and crew shortages. https://t.co/JbF8Z0iP1j
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 1, 2022
Wait, I thought Omicron wasn’t deadly and it wasn’t a problem?
I thought lowering the quarantine period from 10 days to 5 days would make everything normal again?
Over 2,000 flights have been canceled on New Year’s Day as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 continued to upend airline operations during the holiday travel season in the United States.
According to FlightAware, a flight-tracking website, 2,311 flights entering, leaving or within the United States were canceled as of 7:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, and another 424 flights were delayed.
Southwest has the most cancellations among major U.S. carriers with 457 scrapped flights as of 7:30 a.m. ET. Meanwhile, nearly 190 American Airlines flights were canceled in addition to 180 Delta and 142 United flights. JetBlue had 118 canceled flights and Spirit had 91.
“The disruptions have continued throughout the holiday week, stranding holiday travelers at airports across the nation,” reported Fox Business.
Major carriers such as Delta, United and JetBlue have all blamed the Omicron variant for causing staffing problems that ultimately lead to flight cancellations, according to the report.
Maybe we’re all doomed?
Have you ever been stranded at an airport?
It would be really fun actually, but the sandwiches are so expensive that any pleasure you would receive is negated.