Over 1,000 Flights Canceled on Friday as Staffing Shortages Continue Among Major Airlines
By Julia Musto, FOX Business // December 31, 2021
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(FOX BUSINESS) – More than a thousand flights were canceled again on Friday as airlines continued to contend with the omicron variant of the coronavirus.
Flight-tracking service FlightAware showed 1,222 cancellations and 860 delays within, into, or out of the U.S. around 9:30 a.m. ET.
Ten percent of United Airlines flights were canceled and 4% were delayed, 14% of JetBlue Airways flights were canceled and 8% were delayed and 4% of Delta Air Lines flights were canceled and 7% were delayed, according to the real-time flight status tracker.
All three airlines have said that omicron was causing staffing issues – even as airlines have been hiring – and cancellations have been ongoing since Dec. 24.
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