New year brings more canceled flights for air travelers

Flight Cancellations
Posted at 11:14 AM, Jan 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-01 15:06:03-05

The new year is bringing more of the same old misery that air travelers in the United States have been enduring for more than a week.

Airlines are blaming wintry weather and high numbers of sickouts due to the rising number of COVID-19 infections around the country.

By midmorning Saturday on the East Coast, more than 2,400 U.S. flights had been canceled, according to tracking service FlightAware.

That's the highest single-day toll yet since just before Christmas, when airlines began blaming staffing shortages on increasing COVID-19 infections among crews.