Thousands more flights canceled amid bad weather, Omicron spike
Some 4,700 domestic flights were canceled over New Year's weekend, with poor weather conditions contributing to delays already exacerbated by the Omicron variant.
The latest: A total of 2,529 flights going within, into and out of the U.S. were canceled on Sunday as of 5 p.m, according to tracking service FlightAware. More than 6,000 were delayed.
- A total of 2,749 domestic flights were canceled Saturday.
- More than 4,000 flights around the world were cancelled Sunday, with another 11,200 delayed, per Reuters.
Pandemic-related staff shortages had already created record-high cancellations.
- More than 12,000 flights were axed between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day, according to ABC News.
The state of play: The Federal Aviation Administration released a notice on Friday, warning travelers that they should expect delays to continue due to COVID-related staffing shortages.
- "To maintain safety, traffic volume at some facilities could be reduced, which might result in delays during busy periods," the FAA said.