Jan 10, 2022 - Economy & Business

Flight cancellations become the post-holiday norm

Data: FlightAware; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Massive air travel disruptions are the post-holiday norm.

Driving the news: Global airlines have canceled nearly 30,000 U.S. in- and outbound flights since Christmas Eve, data from FlightAware shows.

What’s happening: Winter storms and staff shortages grounded flights just as airlines ramped up schedules. 

  • In response, airlines have pulled back on those schedules and in some cases bumped up pay for workers who can show up.
  • Some of those efforts seem to be paying off as the number of canceled flights on Monday (as of 4 p.m.) dipped below 1,000 for the first time in 15 days.
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