Many holiday travelers trying to get home after the holidays are still having a tough time.
There have been thousands of cancellations and flight delays following major snowstorms across the U.S. -- stacked on top of those staffing shortages that airlines are blaming on skyrocketing COVID-19 infections among their crews.
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More than 3,000 U.S. flights were canceled on Monday, and another 5,600 were delayed, according to FlightAware. That is in addition to the more than 5,300 U.S. flights grounded over the weekend...
The situation has left travelers stranded, some for days, with unexpected hotel stays, meals, and other expenses as they wait to snag a seat home.
“If we see omicron still raging, we may see airlines announce further cancellations in their schedule for the remainder of January and possibly into February as well,” aviation analyst Henry Harteveldt said. “Those are smart, prudent business decisions. It is better for the airlines to make adjustments now and work with passengers to get everyone rebooked on flights that will work rather than get caught up in a chaotic environment like we’ve seen this past week where everything is reactive.”
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