More than 3,000 US flights were canceled Monday at airports across the country, including Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas.
Reid Airport saw 74 flights to and from Las Vegas canceled on Monday, according to flight tracking site FlightAware. The canceled flights come as the city’s largest annual convention, CES, is set to begin on Wednesday. The show typically draws over 130,000 people, but reduced attendance is expected this week amid the omicron variant COVID-19 outbreak.
Some attendees were already arriving on Monday, collecting their COVID-19 badges and test kits from Reid International.
Nationally, a winter storm that hit the mid-Atlantic on Monday, combined with a shortage of airline workers caused by a pandemic, resulted in the cancellation of 3,046 domestic flights in the inside or outside the country, according to data from FlightAware.
Of the 10 airlines in Reid with flights canceled Monday, Las Vegas’ busiest airline, Southwest Airlines, had the most with 22.
A Southwest spokesperson said the canceled flights to Las Vegas were among more than 600 flights canceled out of more than 3,600 scheduled flights on the airline’s network due to the winter storm moving across the country.
Local carrier Allegiant Air saw 14 canceled flights at Reid, Alaska Airlines had eight canceled flights and Frontier Airlines had seven, according to FlightAware.
Monday’s cancellations follow 82 flights canceled at Reid on Sunday, according to FlightAware. Since December 26, more than 500 flights have been canceled at the airport.
The US ground flight toll was a few hundred a day the week before Christmas, then topped 1,000 a day. Airlines have blamed the crew shortage on the spread of the virus, including the highly transmissible variant of omicron.
Airlines and passengers lucked out for several days with generally favorable weather, but that changed when a winter storm hit the Midwest on Saturday and pushed cancellations to new highs for the holiday season.
Over the weekend, about 5,400 US flights were canceled – nearly 12% of all scheduled flights – and more than 9,000 globally, according to FlightAware. As of Monday afternoon, around 18,000 US flights had been canceled since Christmas Eve.
Travelers could hope for an improvement in the weather forecast: Airlines had canceled fewer than 400 US flights scheduled for Tuesday.