U.S. airlines are struggling with a flood of COVID-related cancellations yet again Monday as the omicron variant causes staffing shortages – and it’s not clear the issues will completely clear up after the holiday travel season.
According to FlightAware, there were more than 1,100 flights canceled in the United States as of just before 3 p.m. Monday. The airline hit the hardest was SkyWest, which runs regional flights for Delta, United and American Airlines, among others.
Skywest canceled 297 total flights Monday, according to FlightAware, which is 12% of its total flights. Asked about the cause of the cancellations by FOX Business Tuesday – and whether the issues are expected to clear up soon – SkyWest said coronavirus cases are sidelining its crews but did not address how long the issues could last.
“SkyWest teams are working to recover after weather impacting several hubs, as well as increased COVID cases and quarantines amongst crewmembers, have resulted in higher than normal flight cancels through the weekend and today,” SkyWest said in a statement to FOX Business. “We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to resume normal operations as quickly as possible.”
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