Holiday flights canceled at LAX, other airports due to COVID-19 issues
A wave of worldwide flight cancellations continued to affect LAX today, with 81 Christmas Day flights canceled.
As of 11 a.m., the tracking site FlightAware.com listed 2,615 flight cancellations worldwide for Saturday—926 involving flights into or out of the United States.
On Friday, 2,380 flights were canceled worldwide—690 involving U.S. flights and 86 at LAX.
The scrapped flights were largely blamed on airline staffing shortages caused by the latest surge in coronavirus cases, fueled by the omicron variant. Weather issues were also causing some of the cancellations.
“We know some airline cancellations across the country are in the news. At LAX today, our flights are showing over 90% on time right now with 25 cancellations out of 1,028 scheduled flights,” LAX tweeted Friday at 9:23 a.m.
Five hours later, the airport added: “We have seen some additional cancellations this evening so please check your flight status with your airline for the latest. Arrive early, we will be busy tonight! Check parking at http://parking.flylax.com and @FlyLAXstats.”
LAX had not commented on Saturday’s cancellations as of late Christmas morning.
Five cancellations were listed Saturday at Orange County’s John Wayne Airport, and none at Long Beach Airport.
LGB spokesperson Kate Kuykendall said that air carriers at Long Beach Airport are experiencing some delays today, but nothing out of the ordinary.
“Still, we always encourage travelers to check their flight status with the airline before coming to the airport and that is especially true during the busy holiday season,” Kuykendall said. “Long Beach Airport continues to do everything possible to ensure passenger safety by adhering to cleaning protocols and the federal mask mandate. We encourage travelers to follow the CDC guidance and get fully vaccinated before traveling.”
Staff Writer Fernando Haro contributed to this story.
Editor’s Note: This story was updated with information from a Long Beach Airport spokesperson.
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