U.S. – Flights cancelled amid Omicron concerns
Flight cancellations in the U.S. have hit a new peak in a Christmas season hit hard by the Covid pandemic and bad weather.
Nearly 4,400 flights around the world were cancelled on Saturday, more than 2,500 of them in the U.S., air traffic site FlightAware reported. Airlines have been struggling with staffing problems with crew quarantining after contracting Covid.
Some 1,050 flights into or out of the U.S. have already been canceled for Sunday and 202 scrubbed for Monday, FlightAware said. A heavy snow storm across large parts of the country is expected to cause major travel disruptions, according to the National Weather Service.
In the United States, airports in Chicago were particularly hard-hit because of bad weather, with a snowstorm expected in the area on Saturday afternoon and into the night.