NEW YORK (AP) — Flight cancellations that disrupted vacation journey stretched into Monday, with main U.S. airways every canceling dozens of flights.
Staffers calling out sick due to COVID-19, notably for the reason that emergence of the omnicron variant, have left airways quick in current days. Based on FlightAware, which tracks flight cancellations, airways have canceled roughly 4,000 flights to, from or contained in the U.S. since Friday.
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Delta, United, JetBlue and American have all mentioned that the coronavirus was inflicting staffing issues, and European and Australian airways additionally canceled holiday-season flights as a result of employees have been contaminated, however climate and different elements performed a job as effectively.
Winter climate within the Pacific Northwest led to just about 250 flight cancellations to or from Seattle on Sunday, mentioned Alaska Airways, and the airline expects greater than 100 flight cancellations Monday. However it says that crew calling out sick due to COVID-19 is now not an element.
United mentioned it canceled 115 flights Monday, out of greater than 4,000 scheduled, resulting from crews out with COVID-19.
Flight delays and cancellations tied to staffing shortages have been a constant drawback this yr. Airways inspired employees to give up in 2020 when air journey collapsed, and have been caught short-staffed this yr as air journey rebounded sooner than virtually anybody had anticipated.
Airways have referred to as on the Biden administration to shorten the rules for the isolation interval for vaccinated employees who get COVID-19, as a way to ease staffing shortages. The union for flight attendants has pushed again in opposition to that, saying the isolation interval ought to stay 10 days.