Flight delays, cancellations persist at major airports due to Covid, bad weather

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Better weather is helping some travelers get home after the New Year’s holiday, but airlines are still canceling a high number of flights.

By early Tuesday evening on the East Coast, airlines had scrubbed about 1,500 flights for the day. That’s a very high number but well below Monday’s disruptions, which included more than 3,200 canceled flights.

Southwest Airlines has canceled about 400 flights, or 12% of its schedule for the day.

The number of canceled flights began rising Dec. 24, and several airlines blamed it on crew shortages due to the spreading omicron variant of COVID-19.

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