It was another rough weekend for U.S. airlines in terms of delays and cancellations and today is not looking much better. How long will this “flightmare” continue for U.S. airlines?
Flightmare Continues Into 2022
The new year has not resulted in a fresh start for U.S. airlines, as delays and cancellations only intensified over the weekend and continue this morning.
According to FlightAware, yesterday was a rough day for many U.S. airlines:
- SkyWest cancelled 570 flights (23% of schedule) and delayed 668 (27%)
- SkyWest operates regional flights on behalf of Alaska, Delta, and United
- Southwest cancelled 436 flights (11% of schedule) and delayed 1,912 (50%)
- JetBlue cancelled 178 flights (16%) and delayed 529 (49%)
- Delta cancelled 178 flights (6%) and delayed 898 (33%)
- Mesa cancelled 143 flights (27%) and delayed 161 fights (31%)
- Mesa operates regional flights on behalf of American and United
- United cancelled 119 flights (5%) and delayed 939 (43%)
- Endeavor cancelled 112 flights (12%) and delayed 302 (33%)
- Endeavor operates regional flights on behalf of Delta
- Envoy cancelled 112 flights (12%) and delayed 333 (38%)
- Envoy operates regional flights on behalf of American
- Republic cancelled 99 flights (9%) and delayed 380 (34%)
- Republic operates regional flights on behalf of American, Delta, and United
- Spirit cancelled 98 flights (11%) and delayed 332 (40%)
- Frontier cancelled 81 flights (15%) and delayed 234 (44%)
- CommutAir cancelled 71 flights (27%) and delayed 87 (33%)
- CommutAir operates regional flights on behalf of United
- Allegiant Air cancelled 69 flights (13%) and delayed 223 (44%)
- Alaska Airlines cancelled 69 flights (10%) and delayed 275 (41%)
- GoJet cancelled 47 flights (18%) and delayed 134 (51%)
- GoJet operates regional flights on behalf of United
- Air Wisconsin cancelled 44 flights (16%) and delayed 71 (27%)
- Air Wisconsin operates regional flights on behalf of United
Already today, we are seeing cancellations and delays mounting:
- Southwest has canceled 437 flights
- SkyWest has cancelled 203 flights
- JetBlue has cancelled 136 flights
- Endeavor has cancelled 122 flights
- Republic has cancelled 110 flights
- United has cancelled 101 flights
- Delta has cancelled 71 flights
- Alaska has cancelled 61 flights
Airlines continue to blame delays and cancellations on poor weather and the omicron variant, which has led to a surge in sick calls from pilots and flights attendants.
If you are traveling this week, continue to expect flight disruptions: keep an eye on your itinerary, allow plenty of time for parking and security, and be prepared to spend long times on hold if your flight is cancelled and are unable to rebook on your airline’s website or mobile application.
Tip: if your flight is cancelled, reach out to a call center outside the USA and you will likely reach an agent much faster. A list of contact center telephone numbers are available on your airlines’ website. You can also try social media channels, particularly Twitter.
A lengthy line formed Sunday at a Denver International Airport customer service desk as flight delays and cancellations caused by COVID and winter weather continue to impact air travel. https://t.co/kt7bSkvbSG pic.twitter.com/3GhqLv46vX
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 3, 2022
Unfortunately, flight delays and cancellations have continued into 2022 and continue to plague most U.S. airlines (somehow, American Airlines has enjoyed a smooth week of operations). Expect these interruptions to continue this week as a surge in omicron cases continues in the USA.
image: Payton Peterson / Twitter