LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A wave of New Year’s Day flight cancellations in the Southland inconvenienced travelers Saturday, with 208 flights canceled at LAX.
“Nationwide, airline cancellations and delays continue due to staffing shortages and weather,” LAX tweeted at 9:51 a.m. “Please do check your flight status for the latest. Currently, 79% of all flights scheduled today at LAX are operating on time.”
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Nationwide, airline cancellations and delays continue due to staffing shortages and weather. Please do check your flight status for the latest. Currently, 79% of all flights scheduled today at LAX are operating on time.
— LAX Airport (@flyLAXairport) January 1, 2022
Orange County’s John Wayne Airport reported nine canceled flights, with six at Long Beach Airport and five at Hollywood/Burbank Airport.READ MORE: VP Kamala Harris Visits San Bernardino To Tout $600M In Wildfire Recovery Money For Calif.
The problems are a continuation from last week, when thousands of flights were canceled worldwide on daily basis. On Saturday, the tracking site FlightAware.com listed 4,240 canceled flights around the world, 2,452 of which involved flights into or out of the United States.MORE NEWS: Ancient Cuneiform Stone Tablet, Rare Old Babylonian Prism Returned To Republic Of Iraq
The scrapped flights are largely blamed on airline staffing shortages caused by the latest surge in COVID-19 cases fueled by the Omicron variant.