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Why air travel has been so chaotic this holiday season

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Why air travel has been so chaotic this holiday season

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Sometimes a lot of things happen at the same time that create chaos.

During the past holiday season, travelers have faced delays, cancellations and a lot of frustration. A new report details how various elements came together to wreak havoc in the airline industry.

Winter conditions have forced airlines to delay or cancel flights during the holiday season.
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Thousands of travelers have suffered significant delays since Christmas Eve, according to an Associated Press report. While the holiday season is already one of the busiest times of the year and is prone to problems, the pandemic has continued to cause problems.

Workers infected with the omicron variant have been forced to take long periods of time off work, leaving airlines understaffed at one of the worst times. The problem was compounded by the fact that many airlines were already working with a reduced number of staff.

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Why air travel has been so chaotic this holiday season

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Holiday crowds returned to airports just as the omicron variant was pushing staff members to call the sick.
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While the omicron variant caused a spike in infections, travelers still made it to airports in large numbers.

To make matters worse, cold and heavy snowstorms hit parts of the northwest, causing even more problems.

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Why air travel has been so chaotic this holiday season

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Airlines are cutting their schedules for January to help get their schedules back on track after the holidays.
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The result was that airlines were forced to delay or cancel thousands of flights from Christmas Eve.

In response, the airlines decided to cut their schedules for January. While the month typically sees a reprieve from vacation crowds, airlines are hoping that the reduction in the schedule in advance will help travelers adjust their plans in advance instead of forcing thousands to scramble. last minute.

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The report describes the holiday season and the resulting cancellations as a set of extreme circumstances, and experts hope travel can return to normal in the months to come.

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