Flight disruptions felt at San Diego airport as weather and personnel issues challenge industry

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SAN DIEGO – More than 3,000 flights were canceled on New Years Eve nationwide and nearly 10,000 are delayed, affecting airports of all sizes, including here in San Diego.

By early Friday evening, 10 flights had been canceled and nearly 100 were experiencing delays.

“I wanted to make sure I spent New Years with my family,” said traveler Francisco Nieves. “I thought it was going to be in danger several times, so it was very stressful.”

In the United States, approximately 10,000,000 flight cancellations have occurred since Christmas Eve and the disruptions now continue through New Years Eve.

“After about an hour or an hour and a half on the plane, we disembarked and finally spent the night in a hotel,” said Sean Glynn, trying to get home to England.

Glenna Colling was attempting to return home to Canada on Friday morning when her flight was finally canceled.

“I got on the flight on time, so it was great, and then I sat there for about an hour,” Colling said, “and then they decided we had to get off.”

At Terminal 2 at San Diego International Airport, queues were scarce, but the dashboards were lit by delays. Some were fortunate enough to change reservations, but rarely arrived at their destination as planned.

“Now we have managed to book our flight with the same return flight to the UK but a day later,” said Glynn.

“But still, it’s a disappointment for New Years Eve,” said Colling, who won’t be home until Saturday.

Harsh weather conditions have played a role in disrupting flights for Southwest and Alaska Airlines, but the sharp rise in omicron cases is also straining the staff of nearly all major airlines.

Jet Blue announced this week that it will cut flights until mid-January. Delta Airlines quickly adopted the CDC’s updated isolation guidelines, granting vaccinated workers who tested positive for covid-19 with five days paid leave.

“I don’t want to fly right now. It’s a nightmare, ”Nieves said. “When I visit others, I don’t want to rant or share my experiences with them, but just wondering what has been going on in the past few days.”

Travelers are encouraged to sign up for airline alerts so they can be notified of a flight change as soon as possible.


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