Major US airlines are struggling with schedule interruptions Monday due to severe winter weather and staff shortages due to the Omicron transformation.
More than 700 flights have been canceled, inside or outside the United States as of Monday morning, according to tracking data. FlightAware. Additionally, more than 700 other flights were delayed.
Southwest Airlines has canceled more than 200 flights or 6 percent of its planned daily slate. SkyWest Airlines, which operates flights to major carriers such as United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines, has canceled 117 flights.
United Airlines has canceled 102 flights or 5 percent of its schedule. Alaska Airlines canceled 60 flights, while American Airlines canceled 13. Delta Air Lines and JetBlue each canceled less than 10 flights.
Monday’s cancellation followed another troubling weekend for airport passengers as winter storms hit the East Coast. US Airlines canceled Over 5,000 planes From Friday to Sunday, Southwest Airlines alone had more than 1,000 cancellations during that period.
Southwest Airlines did not immediately return a request for comment. Shares of the company fell slightly during the initial trading.
Airlines are under pressure from Christmas Eve, and a surge of cases driven by the Omicron mutation has renewed COVID-19 travel concerns. Airlines are struggling to maintain adequate staff on their flight crews.
SkyWest, JetBlue and Alaska Airlines each cut their planned flights slate this month, citing staffing challenges. During the outbreak, some operators paid extra salaries to pilots and crew members.
Delta Executive Vice President Allison Asband addresses airline’s recent cancellation In a letter To customers last week.
“Unfortunately, a series of winter weather systems across the US are putting tremendous pressure on our operation with the rapidly spreading Omicron variant, our employees and customers like you,” Delta executives told clients.
“This is one of the most difficult operating environments we have ever encountered and as a result it forced us to cancel hundreds of flights,” added Asband.