On Friday, the United States cancelled more than 1,300 flights, and on Saturday, 1,001 flights were cancelled.
Air travel on New Year’s Eve had a bumpy start on Friday morning, with the United States canceling more than 1,300 flights and canceling 1,000 flights on Saturday.
According to FlightAware.com, as of 12:17 pm, JetBlue had cancelled 145 flights in New York, accounting for 14% of its plans, while Allegiant Travel Co. had cancelled 91 flights, accounting for 19% of its plans. United Airlines Holdings has cleaned up the most flights among American airlines, at 210, accounting for 11% of its services.
The total number of cancellations on Friday reached 1,359, and 1,001 had been cancelled on Saturday. The rate of cancellations after noon in the morning slowed sharply, and this happened on Thursday.
Due to the surge in infections caused by the omicron variant of the coronavirus, operators have been working hard to solve the shortage of personnel. This variant first invaded the New York City area of the United States in the past two days.
“The vaccination rate for airline employees is very high, but because of omicron, I think the absenteeism rate is higher than you expected,” Raymond James analyst Savanthi Syth said on Bloomberg TV. “Airlines are surprised when there are some winter weather problems across the United States.”
Before vaccinations made flying safer, air travel in the United States was roughly double what it was last year. On Thursday, the Transportation Security Administration screened 2.05 million passengers.
The National Weather Service warned that the new year will usher in a severe situation, with moderate to heavy snowfalls expected in the western mountainous areas. In the highest elevation areas of Utah and Colorado, the total may exceed 3 feet. It is expected that there will be dangerous travel conditions from the Central Plains to the Great Lakes on New Year’s Day.
Not all operators were hit hard on Friday. According to FlightAware data, Delta Air Lines cut its flights by 5% before noon, and American Airlines Group cut its flights by 1%.
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Border restrictions related to the surge in cases have also dampened prospects for global travel. Cathay Pacific’s flights from outside China to Hong Kong will almost halve next month. British Airways plans to cancel flights to the region by March.
This influence seems to continue into the new year. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which tracks aviation fuel demand, global airlines have cancelled approximately 8.4% of January flights in the past four weeks.
The decline in Europe was even greater. After some countries imposed new restrictions on cross-border travel in an attempt to prevent the spread of omicron, 15% of January flights were cancelled.