Multiple Holiday Flights Cancelled At LAX And Other Airports, Many Due To COVID-19 Issues

City News Service

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – More flights were canceled at Southland airports
and around the world today, as a wave of holiday week cancellations driven by
the coronavirus pandemic continued to inconvenience travelers.

As of 11:30 a.m., the tracking site listed 94
cancellations Monday for flights in or out of Los Angeles International
Airport, along with 1,080 involving flights into or out of the United States,
and 2,726 total cancellations around the world.

Sixteen cancellations were listed Monday at Orange County’s John Wayne

There were 96 cancellations at LAX on Christmas Day, according to
Flight Aware — part of 997 total cancellations involving U.S. flights, and
2,858 worldwide.

On Friday, 2,380 flights were canceled worldwide — 690 involving U.S.
flights and 86 at LAX.

The scrapped flights were largely blamed on airline staffing shortages
caused by the latest surge in coronavirus cases, fueled by the Omicron
variant. Weather issues were also causing some of the cancellations.

After acknowledging the cancellations Friday, LAX did not comment on
Saturday or Sunday’s cancellations, but did tweet Sunday morning that “Today
is expected to be another peak travel day at #LAX with up to 200,000 passengers
using the airport! Make sure to arrive early for your flight, pre-book parking
at, and please wear your mask – wishing everyone
#HealthyHolidays #LAXTravelSafely.”

The airport dealt with a separate, storm-related electrical issue
affecting Terminal 5 on Sunday, and said passengers using American Airlines,
JetBlue or Spirit were directed to use security checkpoints and baggage claims
in Terminals 4 and 6.

Copyright 2021, City News Service, Inc.

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