A wave of New Year's Day flight cancellations in the Southland inconvenienced travelers on Saturday, with at least 208 flights canceled at LAX.
"Nationwide, airline cancellations and delays continue due to staffing shortages and weather," LAX tweeted at 9:51 a.m. "Please do check your flight status for the latest. Currently, 79% of all flights scheduled today at LAX are operating on time."
Orange County's John Wayne Airport reported at least nine canceled flights,
with at least six at Long Beach Airport and at least five at Hollywood/Burbank Airport.
The problems are a continuation from last week, when thousands of flights were canceled worldwide on daily basis. On Saturday, the tracking site FlightAware.com listed 4,240 canceled flights around the world, 2,452 of which involved flights into or out of the United States.
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The scrapped flights are largely blamed on airline staffing shortages caused by the latest surge in COVID-19 cases fueled by the Omicron variant. Weather issues were also causing some of the cancellations.