Updated Jan 2, 2022 - Economy & Business

Thousands more flights canceled amid bad weather, Omicron spike

Holiday travel

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on Dec. 27. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

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.
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