(Washington) Flying was an obstacle in the United States on Sunday, just after returning from the Christmas holidays, as more than 2,500 flights were canceled, adding to the Omicron-related turmoil.
A winter storm has swept through the United States since Saturday Frida By 7:30 p.m. local time (12:30 a.m. GMT), 2,599 domestic, domestic or foreign flights from the United States had been canceled, compared to 2,750 full-day flights on Saturday, according to the FlightAware website.
This represents more than half of the 4,312 flights canceled globally at the same time.
More than 15,000 have been delayed worldwide, including 7,561 in the United States.
In fact, high winds, floods and snowfall added to the disruption that affected the entire aviation sector worldwide in the US for a week. The highly contagious variant of Omicron prevents many pilots, flight or ground personnel, sick or in contact, from coming to work.
This staff shortage is forcing companies to reduce their flight plans. Last weekend, just after Christmas, about 7,500 planes were canceled worldwide.
His flight, Southwest passenger, Nick Cage, has been cancelled. “We waited nearly three hours to change reservations, because we were unable to change reservations online, and after things were settled (not completely), I canceled our second flight to another airport,” he said on Twitter.
Expected to be back 4 days in advance
“It’s the 3e Cancellation […]. I was supposed to be back four days ago,” tweeted at the end of Sunday Hailey, a passenger from the same airline, from Chicago (Illinois).
Chicago’s airports were the worst hit Saturday globally since Saturday. Nearly half of flights there were canceled on Sunday, as the area saw heavy snowfall.
But the situation was also complicated in Denver (Colorado), Newark (New Jersey) or Detroit (Michigan).
The situation is expected to remain complicated on Monday, the first working day of 2022, with more than 2,000 flights already canceled.
In the United States, the storm Frida It would continue to touch the East Coast, bringing snow from Boston to southern Washington, the federal capital, and no more than 1,000 planned flights would be guaranteed.
Staff shortages will also continue to disrupt airports, where baggage is sometimes difficult to retrieve, or long waits on the phone for passengers trying to reach their destination.
For example, Eric Crawford lamented on Twitter for notifying Delta Air Lines of an “estimated wait of over 22 hours to be able to get someone online after a flight was cancelled.”
Kaushik Bodo explained to him on the social network that he had to take a flight from Fairbanks (Alaska) to San Jose (California) on December 30 with Air Alaska, “but our flight was postponed to today. [dimanche], and finally canceled again? ? ? Long hours on the phone, no answer, flights not being rescheduled? need help ! ”
Canceled or delayed flights in Montreal
On Sunday, 40 flights that were scheduled to leave Montreal-Trudeau Airport were canceled, according to FlightAware, which lists flights from airports around the world. In addition, 165 flights were delayed. Several flights from Florida that were scheduled to land in the capital have been canceled or delayed. Flight delays have also been noted from sunny destinations such as Puerto Plata, San Jose, Puerto Vallarta and Cancun.
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