Thousands of flights were canceled or delayed over the weekend after the omicron covid variant caused many airline crew members to be forced into quarantine after testing positive.
The Details: Approximately 2,300 were canceled on Monday after a busy holiday weekend that saw an additional 2,300 more cancellations and airline delays.
Though bad weather and other maintenance issues played a part, several large airlines admitted that the bulk of the cancellations were due to many aircrews being thinned down due to omicron infection.
The airlines noted that they had seen a significant increase in sick call ins among their crews due to the Omicron variant.
A whopping 12 percent of JetBlue’s flights were canceled on Sunday due to the crisis.