PHOENIX – It is the day after Christmas, which is normally one of many busiest journey days of the yr as a number of individuals head dwelling from vacation holidays.
Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Worldwide Airport was busy Sunday afternoon with a continuing stream of individuals inside and outdoors the airport. The largest difficulty, nevertheless, wasn’t site visitors close to the airport, however, flight delays and cancelations.
John and Ava Kolaczynski wish to fly again dwelling to Chicago and their flight was delayed at the least 4 hours. “Fingers crossed, be ready, sporting our masks, simply ensuring we’re giving ourselves time and simply be certain we’re prepared for something proper now,” John stated.
As common, vacation journey can include just a few hiccups, like diverted flights, delays and cancelations. On high of these are additionally preflight COVID-19 assessments.
Carl and Chuck Copeland stopped by to get their COVID-19 check as a result of they fly out of Phoenix on Dec. 27.
In accordance with FlightAware.com, there have been greater than 4,000 delayed flights throughout the USA and 1,100 cancelations. At Sky Harbor, they noticed greater than 120 delays and over 21 cancelations.
“Simply made positive to get right here early. We knew there have been some delays the final couple days, and with the climate and stuff. So simply wished to verify we gave ourselves sufficient time to get settled and never be rushed,” John stated.
The cancelations and delays weren’t simply Christmas Day and the day after. Airways have been coping with disruptions for the previous few days, even weeks.
Delta, United, and JetBlue blamed the omicron variant for staffing issues that then led to cancelations, all whereas the business is already affected by an absence of staffing.
Officers with Sky Harbor say in case you’re touring by, it’s at all times a good suggestion to offer your self loads of time, test your flight standing earlier than you arrive, and make the most of their Sky Tram and outdoors parking tons.
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