SAN DIEGO – More than 3,000 flights have been canceled nationwide this New Year’s Eve, and nearly 10,000 have been delayed, affecting airports of all sizes, including here in San Diego.
As of Friday night, 10 flights had been canceled and nearly 100 experienced delays.
“I wanted to make sure I spend New Year with my family,” said traveler Francisco Nieves. “I thought it would be in danger several times, so it was very stressful.”
Within the United States, about 10,000,000 flight cancellations have occurred since Christmas Eve, and the disruption now continues through New Year’s Eve.
“After about an hour or an hour on board the plane, we got off the plane and finally got an overnight stay at a hotel,” said Sean Glynn, who was trying to return home to England.
Glenna Colling was trying to get home to Canada Friday morning when her plane was eventually canceled.
“I boarded the plane on time, so it was great, and then sat for an hour,” Colling said, “and then they decided we should take off.”
At Terminal 2 at San Diego International Airport, the queues were scarce, but the flight boards were lit with delays. Some were lucky enough to rebook, but rarely reached their destination as planned.
“Now we managed to rebook our flight with the same flight back to the UK, but a day later,” Glynn said.
“But still, it’s a downturn for New Year’s Eve,” said Colling, who will not be home until Saturday.
Harsh weather conditions have played a factor in disrupting flights for Southwest and Alaska Airlines, but the sharp rise in omicron cases is also straining the staff of almost all major airlines.
Jet Blue announced this week that it would reduce the number of flights until mid-January. Delta Airlines quickly adopted the CDC’s updated guidance on isolation, giving vaccinated workers who tested positive for covid-19 five days of paid leave.
“I do not want to fly right now. It’s a nightmare,” Nieves said. “When I visit others, I do not want to scold or tell them about my experiences, but I was just wondering what happened in the last few days. “
Travelers are encouraged to sign up for warnings from airlines so that they can be notified of a change in the aircraft as soon as possible.
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