US flight cancellations ease a bit but still running high

    (AP) - Better weather is helping some travelers get home after the New Year's holiday, but airlines are still canceling a high number of flights.

    By late Tuesday morning on the East Coast, airlines had scrubbed more than 1,200 flights for the day.

    That’s a very high number but not compared with Monday’s disruptions, which included more than 3,200 canceled flights.

    Southwest Airlines has canceled more than 300 flights, or 10% of its schedule for the day.

    The number of canceled flights began rising Dec. 24, and several airlines blamed it on crew shortages due to the spreading omicron variant of COVID-19.

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