That follows Saturday’s tallies of more than 2,700 U.S. flights canceled and over 6,500 delayed.
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With the U.S. hitting record Covid infections and related staff absences, the busy holiday travel season has been snarled by at least 12,000 canceled flights since Christmas Eve, according to the Associated Press. At this point, thousands of travelers are attempting to return home after the holidays.
Chicago’s O’Hare International is the focus of Sunday’s delays, logging over 250 cancellations so far. On Saturday, about 45% of flights scheduled to leave from O’Hare and 55% from Chicago Midway were scratched, according to FlightAware.
Southwest Airlines Co. has already canceled 264 flights for Sunday and regional carrier SkyWest Inc. has scrapped 425, or 18% of its scheduled flights.
A powerful storm across large parts of the country will continue to cause travel disruptions, according to the National Weather Service. The system is now heading east, bringing wintry conditions to New York and New England.
The Transportation Security Administration, which has been grappling with unruly passengers, urged people to “be patient.” Security screened more than 1.6 million people on Friday at checkpoints around the country, it said.
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