December 8, 2022

Delta, Alaska Hundreds of flights canceled due to bad weather, Omicron cases

Delta Air Lines jets arrive at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia on December 22, 2021 in the United States. REUTERS / Elijah Nouvelage

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December 29 (Reuters) – US carriers Delta Air Lines (From N) And Alaska Air Group (ALK.N) Hundreds of flights were canceled on Tuesday due to adverse weather and increasing cases of omigron variation.

Delta expects to cancel more than 250 of the 4,133 flights scheduled for Tuesday, while Alaska canceled 170 flights across its network and warned of more cancellations and delays throughout the week.

As of 14.00 ET (19.00 GMT), there were 1,034 flights inside or outside the United States, with 2,694 flights delayed and fifth day flights canceled.

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Delta said it was working to redirect and divert some aircraft.

Alaska Airlines said it was reducing Seattle departures by about 20% on Wednesdays and Thursdays, allowing for extra time for ice flights needed during cold weather.

Despite persistent setbacks, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday that it was not currently considering recommending a vaccination order for domestic flights, responding to advice from the government’s top epidemiologist Dr Anthony Fossi the previous day. read more

“Now, we’ve talking about ways to vaccinate people. Of course domestic flights are the topic of conversation, but we are not reviewing it now,” CDC Director Rochelle Walenski told National Public Radio. Asked about Fauci’s opinion.

Valensky said the CDC considers all possible policies and strongly recommends vaccinations, noting that those who are not vaccinated are more likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19.

U.S. carriers canceled more than 1,000 flights Monday after landing thousands of flights over the Christmas holiday weekend as airlines struggled with staff shortages from COVID-19 infections and bad weather in some parts of the country. read more

Foggy weather in the Pacific Northwest on Monday contributed to the cancellation of more than 110 flights scheduled to land at Seattle-Tacoma airport.

Increasing infections due to isolating pilots and cabin crew have forced many flights to be canceled. read more

According to Reuters, the average number of new COVID-19 cases in the United States has increased by 55% per day over the past seven days to more than 205,000.

The CDC on Monday said it would reduce the recommended isolation time for affected Americans from 10 days to five days if they were asymptomatic. The move will help airlines and other businesses reduce staff shortages. read more

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Kannaki Dekha’s report in Bangalore; Additional Reporting by Chris Gallagher in Washington and Rhea Pinoy in Bangalore; Editing by Shinjini Ganguly and Richard Bullin

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