Staffing shortages and bad weather have caused thousands of more US flights to be canceled.
2,400 US flights were canceled by Saturday morning and 4,200 global flights were canceled.
The new year is bringing more of the same old misery that air travelers in the United States have been enduring for more than a week.
For air travelers, the new year picked up where the old one left off – with lots of frustration.
By late morning Saturday on the East Coast, more than 2,400 U.S. flights and nearly 4,200 worldwide had been canceled, according to tracking service FlightAware.
That is the highest single-day toll yet since just before Christmas, when airlines began blaming staffing shortages on increasing COVID-19 infections among crews. More than 12,000 U.S. flights have been canceled since Dec. 24.
Saturday’s disruptions weren’t just due to the virus, however. Wintry weather made Chicago the worst place in the country for travelers, with 800 flights scrubbed at O’Hare Airport and more than 250 at Midway Airport. Forecasts called for nine inches of snow. Denver, Detroit and Newark, New Jersey, were hit with at least 100 cancellations each.
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