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

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

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 …

Delta Flight to Shanghai Turns Around Midflight Due to New Covid Sanitation Rules at Some Chinese Airports

Delta Flight to Shanghai Turns Around Midflight Due to New Covid Sanitation Rules at Some Chinese Airports

A Delta Air Lines flight en route from Seattle to Shanghai last week turned around midflight after the imposition of new sanitation rules in force at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Delta said Monday.
In an e-mailed statement, Delta said that the new rules would “require significantly extended ground time and are not operationally viable for Delta.”
The cancelled flight left the plane’s passengers with out-of-date Covid test results and many with expired …

Omicron Surge Causes Travel Chaos During Peak Holiday Travel Weekend as At Least 6,000 Flights Are Cancelled

Omicron Surge Causes Travel Chaos During Peak Holiday Travel Weekend as At Least 6,000 Flights Are Cancelled

 

The wave of massive flight cancellations continued on Sunday, the day after Christmas, which is known as Boxing Day in some countries and Stefanitag in others.
An omicron surge in the midst of a the Christmas holiday weekend has resulted in an additional 1,200 flights being cancelled in the United States on Sunday, including those flying in and out of the country, according to data from FlightAware, which tracks such information.  …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 24: New Year’s Eve Festivities in Times Square Scaled Back Due to Variant

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 24: New Year’s Eve Festivities in Times Square Scaled Back Due to Variant

 
New York City will scale back its Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration, an event viewed across the globe.  Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the number of attendees would be reduced from 58,000 to 15,000 to allow for greater social distancing. Only individuals who are fully vaccinated and wear a mask will be allowed into the designated spectator area.
Meanwhile, several major U.S. airlines, including United and Delta, cancelled hundreds …

United, Delta Cancel Hundreds of Christmas Eve Flights Due to Covid-Related Staffing Shortages

United, Delta Cancel Hundreds of Christmas Eve Flights Due to Covid-Related Staffing Shortages

 
Airlines in the United States began to cancel hundreds of flights on Thursday that were scheduled to operate on Christmas Eve as the omicron variant began to dramatically impact airline staffing.
United Airlines, the world’s fourth largest carrier, cancelled at least 173 flights as of 10 a.m. EST on Friday, along with at least 68 scheduled for Christmas Day, while Delta Air Lines, the second largest carrier, had cancelled 143 for …

Delta Ends Credit Towards SkyMiles Status on Basic Economy Fares

Delta Ends Credit Towards SkyMiles Status on Basic Economy Fares

Delta Air Lines quietly made a change in its terms and conditions, removing eligibility for basic-economy tickets to ticketholders to earn miles on the flight.
The change not only eliminates the possibility of earning air miles in the SkyMiles frequent-flyer program which could be later redeemed towards flights but also won’t count towards Medallion Qualification Miles, the points that count towards elite status on the airline.
“No miles earned, no credit towards …

Delta Flight to Los Angeles Diverts After Man Attacks Flight Attendant and Air Marshal

Delta Flight to Los Angeles Diverts After Man Attacks Flight Attendant and Air Marshal

A Delta Air Lines flight from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles was forced to divert to Oklahoma City after a passenger assaulted a flight attendant and, later, an air marshal, police said.
Delta Flight 342 departed Ronald Reagan National Airport at 5:20 p.m. local time and landed at Will Rogers World Airport at 7:35 p.m. Central Time after 3 hours and 15 minutes in the air.
Police in Oklahoma City said that …