For the fifth straight day, flight delays and cancellations plagued travelers at Logan International Airport, a result of staffing shortages tied to rising COVID-19 cases that have grounded or delayed more than 10,000 US flights during the holiday travel season.
By 4 p.m. Tuesday, 144 flights arriving at or departing from Logan had been delayed and 50 canceled, according to the website FlightAware, which tracks flight cancellations. The early totals were down from 207 delays and 50 cancellations listed for the Boston airport Monday, and 212 delays and 54 cancellations recorded on Sunday.
Some of the largest US-based airlines — including Delta, United, and JetBlue — have said that the surging Omicron variant has caused staffing shortages and forced them to cancel flights. Since Friday, airlines have canceled nearly 5,000 flights to, from, or inside the United States, with over 1,000 U.S. cancellations on Tuesday, according to FlightAware. Inclement weather has also played a role in some of the disarray at Logan, causing Cape Cod-headquartered Cape Air, which operates smaller aircraft, to cancel more than 40 of its flights on Saturday.
To make matters worse at Logan, travelers seeking to utilize the airport’s COVID-19 testing sites are still seeing long waits at peak travel periods. Last week, as passengers took to the airport in droves to fly for the holidays, some reported waiting in line for up to four hours.