Over 1,200 flights canceled due to bad weather, COVID-related staffing issues
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A swath of flights were delayed or canceled on Tuesday, leaving more passengers stranded at airports around the nation.
For more than a week – during the extremely busy holiday travel season – airlines have been forced to change or scrap flights due to a mix of bad weather and coronavirus-related staffing shortages.
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According to FlightAware, a flight-tracking website, 1,236 flights entering, leaving or within the U.S. were canceled as of 11:30 a.m. ET Tuesday. Another 1,694 flights were delayed.
Over the weekend, however, about 5,400 U.S. flights were canceled and more than 9,000 worldwide, according to FlightAware. By Monday afternoon, about 18,000 U.S. flights had been canceled since Christmas Eve.
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A Southwest Airlines spokesperson said storms over the weekend and on Monday affected operations at some of its biggest airports, including Chicago, Denver and Baltimore, and left planes and crews out of position. Meanwhile, United Airlines said the omicron variant has affected its flight crews, resulting in canceled flights.