Over 2,300 Flights Canceled as Winter Storm Hits Northeast

A new winter storm on Friday led to the cancellation of thousands of flights in the United States.

Airlines continued to struggle to deal with bad weather. Southwest Airlines and other airlines have been plagued by cancellations and delays in recent weeks, with staffing issues cited as a major reason.

Southwest canceled more than 500 flights on Friday and postponed another 200, according to Flight Aware.

United Airlines canceled or delayed more than 300 flights, and American Airlines, Delta Airlines and JetBlue canceled or delayed more than 200 flights each.

A Southwest spokesperson told The Epoch Times in an email that the cancellations were part of flight adjustments made “in response to disruptions from recent winter storms, which have affected many of our largest bases of operations over the past week, and ongoing staffing challenges.”

To help rectify the situation, Southwest is offering additional salaries to workers through Jan. 25. Employees will receive double their regular pay for working additional shifts.

A UN spokesperson commented the problems on the sudden rise in COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes COVID-19.

As a result, we unfortunately had to cancel some flights and worked to notify affected customers a week in advance of their arrival at the airport. We regret the disruption and are working hard to rebook as many people as possible and get them on their way,” the spokesperson said in an email.

A JetBlue spokesperson told The Epoch Times via email that the majority of cancellations on Friday were due to “dangerous weather,” particularly in the Northeast.

Most of the canceled flights were scheduled to fly to and from airports in the Northeast, including LaGuardia Airport in New York and Boston Logan International in Massachusetts, according to FlightAware.

The storm, which struck overnight, left up to a foot of snow in the Northeast, including Pennsylvania, Maryland and Connecticut.

According to the National Weather Service, cold and stormy conditions are expected to remain in place through Friday evening throughout the Great Lakes, the mid-Atlantic, and the Northeast.

“As a strong area of ​​high pressure slides into the East Coast on Saturday, it will bring warm southerly winds into the central US on Saturday. This will help bring temperatures back to slightly above average,” she said in a forecast early Friday. However, this short warm-up will be short-lived as another cold Arctic front streams south through the northern plains on Saturday afternoon and enters the Midwest by Sunday morning.Light rain and pockets of rain/freezing drizzle are possible along and before this cold front “.

Written by Zachary Stiber

Zachary Stiber covers US news and stories related to the COVID-19 pandemic. He resides in Maryland.

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