NEW YORK (AP) — Airlines continued to cancel Staffing problems tied to hundreds of Saturday flights prompted thousands to fly on Saturday COVID-19 disrupted holiday celebrationsDuring one of the busiest times of year.
FlightAware is a flight tracking website that noted that 888 US flights were canceled on Saturday. This was an increase of 690. Friday. On Sunday, about 200 additional flights had been canceled. FlightAware cannot provide information on why these flights were canceled.
JetBlue, United and Delta each said Friday that flight cancellations are being caused by the omicron version. Maddie King, United spokesperson said that staff shortages are still leading to cancellations. It was not clear when normal operations will resume. “This was unexpected,” she said of omicron’s impact on staffing. Questions Saturday were not answered by JetBlue and Delta.
FlightAware says that more than 10% of Saturday-scheduled flights were cancelled by the three airlines. FlightAware also reported that American Airlines cancelled 90 of its Saturday scheduled flights. This represents about 3%. American spokesperson Derek Walls said the cancellations stemmed from “COVID-related sick calls” and the airline contacted customers on Friday. Due to problems with staffing, COVID has also caused holiday season flights to be cancelled by Australian and European airlines.
This year, the U.S. airlines have faced frequent problems with flight delays and cancellations due to staff shortages. When air travel crashed, the airlines advised workers to retire. They were also caught short of staff in this year’s recovery.
Spain and the U.K., in an effort to reduce staff shortages have shortened COVID-19-related quarantines. This allows people who are positive to or exposed to the virus to be allowed to return to work more quickly.
Ed Bastian (Delta CEO) was one of the many who called for similar action from Biden’s administration or they would risk more disruptions in air travel. The U.S. shortened COVID-19 isolation rules Only for healthcare workers.