More Flights Canceled at LAX, Other Airports Due to COVID-19 Issues

By City News Service
City News Service
City News Service
December 29, 2021 Updated: December 29, 2021

LOS ANGELES—Flight cancellations continued to plague Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and airports and around the world today, driven largely by staffing issues related to the latest surge in COVID-19.

LAX reported at least 50 cancellations on its website Tuesday, after experiencing even larger daily numbers over the Christmas weekend.

According to the tracking site FlightAware.com, more than 3,100 flights were canceled worldwide Tuesday, and more than 1,200 involved flights into or out of the United States.

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An American Airlines Airbus A321-200 plane takes off from Los Angeles International airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 28, 2018. (Mike Blake/Reuters)

The scrapped flights are largely blamed on airline staffing shortages caused by the latest surge in COVID-19.

Weather issues were also causing some of the cancellations.

Orange County’s John Wayne Airport and Hollywood/Burbank Airport each reported one canceled flight on their website Tuesday, while Long Beach Airport reported two.