Blizzard of Flight Cancellations to Continue into New Year as Friday Sees 1,400 Cancellations and 1,900 Delays

By Paul Riegler on 31 December 2021
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Delta is currently one of the top three U.S. airlines in flight cancellations

The wave of flight cancellations occasioned by the rapid spread of the omicron variant that started Christmas Eve is continuing into the New Year.

There have been close to 10,000 flight cancellations in that period for flights within, flying into, or departing from the United States as well as almost 50,000 delays.,

On Thursday, cancellations numbered 1,440 with over 8,600 delays.  On Friday, the final day of 2021, the airlines had posted 1,385 cancellations as of 12:30 p.m. EDT along with 1,855 delays.

United Airlines topped the U.S. cancellation list, having cancelled 10% of its flights on Thursday, or 233, and 11% on Friday, which totaled 212.

JetBlue Airways and Delta Air Lines followed with the former having cancelled 17% of its flights, or 179, on Thursday and 14%, or 145 flights, on Friday and the latter having cancelled 6% of its flights on Thursday, numbering 163, and 109 flights, or 5%, on Friday.

Globally, there were 3,148 flight cancellations and 17,600 delays on Thursday, while Friday saw 2,835 cancellations and 6,415 delays as of the noon hour.

The start of the 2022 doesn’t’ look promising either: also as of 12:30 p.m. Friday, airlines had already posted over 1,000 cancellations within, flying into, or departing the United States.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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