More flights were canceled at SoCal airports and around the world on Sunday, as a wave of cancellations over the holiday weekend driven by the coronavirus pandemic continued to hamper travelers.
As of 11:15 am, the tracking site FlightAware.com listed 98 cancellations Sunday at LAX, 897 involving flights to or from the United States and 2,471 total cancellations worldwide.
According to Flight Aware, there were 96 cancellations at LAX on Christmas Day, part of the total 997 cancellations involving US flights and 2,858 worldwide.
As of Friday, 2,380 flights were canceled around the world – 690 involving US flights and 86 at LAX.
The canceled flights were largely blamed on airline staff shortages caused by the latest increase in coronavirus cases, fueled by the Omicron variant. Weather issues were also the cause of some of the cancellations.
Sixteen cancellations were listed at John Wayne Airport in Orange County on Sunday, and six each at Hollywood Burbank Airport and Long Beach Airport at 8:15 a.m.
After acknowledging the cancellations on Friday, LAX did not comment on the Saturday or Sunday cancellations, but tweeted on Sunday morning that “Today is set to be another peak day at #LAX with up to 200,000 passengers using the airport! Make sure you arrive early for your flight, pre-book parking at http://parking.flylax.com, and please wear your mask – wishing everyone #HealthyHolidays #LAXTravelSafely. “
The airport was struggling with a separate electrical issue related to the storm affecting Terminal 5, and passengers using American Airlines, JetBlue or Spirit would be advised to use security checkpoints and collect their baggage at Terminals 4 and 6.
âCancellations and delays are possible, so it will be important to check your flight status today if you are passing through Terminal 5. Thank you for your patience,â LAX tweeted on Sunday morning.