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Omicron and winter storm disrupt US air traffic | Coronavirus


The United States has been crossed since Saturday by the winter storm Frida and around 7:30 p.m. local time, 2,599 domestic flights, from or to the United States had been canceled, compared to 2,750 for the whole day. of Saturday, according to the FlightAware website.

This represents more than half of the 4,312 canceled flights worldwide at the same time.

And more than 15,000 have been delayed worldwide, including 7,561 in the United States.

Strong winds, floods and snowfall have in fact added to the disruptions that have affected the entire aviation sector around the world for a week in the United States. The highly contagious Omicron variant prevents many pilots, flight or ground personnel, sick or in the event of contact, from coming to work.

This lack of personnel is forcing companies to reduce their flight plans. Last weekend, just after Christmas, around 7,500 planes were canceled all over the world.

Nick Kagy, a passenger with Southwest carrier, has had his flight canceled. We waited almost 3 hours to change reservations because we couldn’t change reservations online, and after we sorted things out (not completely) you canceled our second flight to another airport, he lamented on Twitter.

This is the 3rd cancellation (…). I was supposed to come back 4 days ago, thus tweeted Sunday at the end of the day Hayley, a passenger of the same company, from Chicago.

Chicago airports have been the most affected Saturday globally since Saturday. About half of the flights there were canceled on Sunday, as the region experienced heavy snowfall.

A week that promises to be eventful

But the situation was also complicated in Denver, Newark, or even Detroit.

The situation should remain complicated on Monday, for the first working day of 2022, with more than 2,000 flights already canceled.

In the United States, Storm Frida will continue its route to touch the east coast, bringing snow from Boston to the south of the federal capital Washington, and more than 1,000 planned flights will not be able to be operated.

The lack of personnel will also continue to disrupt the operation of airports, with luggage sometimes very difficult to recover, or a long wait on the phone for passengers trying to reach their destination.

Eric Crawford, for example, lamented on Twitter that he had been notified by the company Delta an estimated wait of more than 22 hours to be able to have someone online following a flight cancellation.

Kowshick Boddu explained to him on the social network that he had to take a flight from Fairbanks, Alaska to San José, California on December 30 with Air Alaska, but our flight was postponed to today [dimanche, NDLR], and finally canceled again? Long hours on the phone, no answer, and flights that are not rescheduled? Need help!

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