Over 2,500 flights canceled in US due to Omicron and bad weather – 01/01/2022

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WASHINGTON, Jan 1, 2022 (AFP) – Disruptions to air transport continued in the United States this Saturday (1), adding to the disruption caused by an increase in Covid-19 infections caused by bad weather in many areas of the country. Omicron Edition.

According to the website FlightAware, as of 6 p.m. GMT, 2,584 flights had been canceled in the United States: more than half of all canceled flights worldwide.

On the other hand, 3,271 domestic flights were delayed in the country this Saturday out of a total of 7,381 domestic flights.

According to FlightAware, the most affected US airline was Southwest, which had to cancel 13 percent of its flight plans.

Airports in Chicago (North) were particularly affected by tough weather conditions, and a blizzard is expected to hit the region on Saturday afternoon.

The highly contagious form of the Omicron coronavirus continues to disrupt global air transport.

Several pilots and staff members contracted COVID-19 or were in contact with infected people, which forced airlines to cancel flights due to a shortage of personnel.

Around 7,500 flights were canceled by airlines around the world over the Christmas weekend.


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About the author: Sarah Gracie

Sarahis a reporter covering Amazon. She previously covered tech and transportation, and she broke stories on Uber's finances, self-driving car program, and cultural crisis. Before that, she covered cybersecurity in finance. Sarah's work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Politico, and the Houston Chronicle.

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