United States (U.S.) saw a lot of flights getting cancelled on Saturday, the first day of 2022. This was due to the bad weather throughout the country coupled with the massive outbreak of the Omicron variant. The situation was so bad that the U.S. had more than 50% of the flights cancelled on Saturday. According to FlightWare, Worldwide, a total of 4698 flights were cancelled out of which the U.S. contributed with 2732 cancelled flights.
Snowstorm Made Things Worse for Airlines, Especially SkyWest
SkyWest, a U.S. airline saw things becoming worse with 23% of its scheduled flights cancelled due to the bad weather conditions as well as the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. Multiple parts of the country were facing issues because of the bad weather.
Further, the spread of COVID-19 has affected airline pilots, crew, ground staff and more which has added to the slowdown of the aviation sector in the U.S. Chicago airports were the worst hit because of the bad weather.
Even during the festive season, a lot of scheduled flights were cancelled. All of this was the result of the spread of the Omicron variant COVID-19 virus. Things aren’t expected to become better right away as the battle against COVID-19 is ongoing and the weather conditions are only going to ease in a bit of time.