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Thousands of flights canceled due to snowstorm and pandemic

Due to bad weather and the coronavirus pandemic, more than 4,400 flights have landed around the world as people tried to return home after their vacation.

The winter storm that struck the Midwest on Saturday made Chicago the worst place in the United States for travelers throughout the weekend. (AFP)

Winter weather combined with a pandemic has frustrated air travelers who have canceled or delayed their return flight from vacation on the first day of the new year.

“It was an absolute mayhem,” said Natasha Enos at Denver International Airport on Sunday.

He spent sleepless Saturday nights and Sunday mornings at the airport while it was supposed to be a short transfer on a cross-country trip from Washington to San Francisco.

According to tracking service FlightAware, more than 2,600 US flights and more than 4,400 flights around the world landed on Sunday.

This follows the massive cancellation of more than 2,700 flights in the United States and more than 4,700 flights worldwide on Saturday.

The daily toll for US ground flights on Saturday was the highest since just before Christmas, when airlines began to blame the shortage of crew due to increased Covid-19 infections.

The winter storm that struck the Midwest on Saturday made Chicago the worst place in the country for travelers throughout the weekend. About a quarter of all flights at O’Hare Airport were canceled on Sunday.

Denver’s airport also faced serious turmoil. Enos, who was flying on Frontier Airlines, was unaware that the connecting flight to California was canceled until it landed in Denver.

Then, amid concerns about the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant of Covid-19, hurry to find an alternative flight and navigate a baggage claim full of stranded and confused travelers. I was there.

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“Exhausted children”

“There were a lot of people in a very small space and not everyone was masked,” said a 28-year-old financial analyst.

“There were a lot of exhausted children and some families were very stressed.”

In Michigan, the authorities operating Detroit International Airport said the crew are working 24 hours a day to remove snow and maintain the airfield.

Atlanta airport authorities arrive earlier than usual due to high passenger numbers, potential weather issues, and pandemic staff shortages that can increase the time it takes to pass through security gates. I advised you to do it.

Hawaiian Airlines, thousands of miles from the nearest snowstorm, said it had to cancel several flights across the islands and the Pacific due to lack of staff.

Southwest Airlines said it is working to assist customers affected by about 400 flights canceled nationwide on Sunday. This is about 11 percent of the schedule. Dallas-based airlines expect more operational challenges as the storm system rushes to the East Coast.

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The airline says it is taking steps to reduce cancellations by workers affected by the pandemic.

Source: TRT World and distributors

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