Hundreds of flights canceled at O’Hare Airport due to travel issues reported for another day – NBC Chicago


Hundreds of flights were canceled at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Sunday, marking another day of frustration for travelers this holiday weekend.

As of 4:22 p.m., O’Hare International Airport reported 567 cancellations while Midway International Airport saw 70 canceled flights.

More than 800 flights were canceled at O’Hare on New Years Day as a winter storm hit the area. As snow continued in parts of the region on Sunday, it was not immediately clear whether the cancellations were the result of weather or personnel issues caused by the omicron variant.

In Midway, more than 250 cancellations were reported on Saturday.

Southwest canceled more than 450 flights nationwide, or 13% of its schedule on Saturday. American Airlines and Delta Air Lines have cut more than 200 flights each, and United Airlines has canceled more than 150.

SkyWest, a regional carrier that operates flights under the names American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express, has grounded 480 flights, a quarter of its schedule. A spokesperson blamed the weather in Chicago, Denver and Detroit and the COVID-19 illnesses.

Airlines say they are taking action to reduce cancellations. United are offering to pay pilots triple or more of their regular wages to take open flights for most of January. Spirit Airlines has reached a deal with the Association of Flight Attendants for double pay for cabin crew until Tuesday, a union spokeswoman said.

When winter weather hit the Pacific Northwest earlier this week, Alaska Airlines urged customers to delay all “non-essential” trips scheduled this weekend. With full flights over the New Years holiday, the airline said it was not sure it could book passengers stranded for at least three days.

Airlines are hoping that extra pay and reduced hours will get them through the holidays and into the heart of January, when travel demand typically declines. The seasonal decline could be sharper than normal this year as most business travelers are still grounded.


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