Subscribe to Entrepreneur for $5

Delta (DAL) Cancels Hundreds of Holiday Flights on Omicron Woes

Delta's (DAL) Christmas flight cancellations result from the Omicron-induced spike in coronavirus cases and severe winter weather conditions in parts of the United States, among other factors.

This story originally appeared on Zacks

Delta Air Lines DAL continues to grapple with flight cancellations for the fourth day in a row as bad weather conditions and spike in COVID-19 cases induced by the Omicron variant hurt its operations.

Having already canceled several flights since Christmas Eve, DAL canceled more yet again on Monday out of its 4,166 scheduled mainline and Delta Connection flights. The company attributed the cancellations to a combination of issues, including “but not limited to” severe winter weather conditions, particularly at its hubs in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Seattle, WA and Salt Lake City, UT as well as the impact of the Omicron variant.

On the same grounds, Delta, carrying a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), had canceled 374 of 4,155 scheduled mainline and connection flights on Sunday. The airline is trying to help the affected passengers by either rerouting and substituting aircraft and crews, or accommodating them in the next available flight. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

- Zacks

The flight cancellations are not just restricted to Delta. As COVID-19 infections affect airline staff and inclement weather conditions in parts of the United States disrupt travel, other U.S. carriers, including United Airlines UAL and JetBlue Airways JBLU, are also canceling dozens of flights. While United Airlines carries a Zacks Rank #3, JetBlue carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).

According to flight-tracking site FlightAware, United Airlines canceled about 4% of its schedule on Monday, while JetBlue canceled around 7%.

Per a CNBC report, United Airlines’ senior vice president of flight operations, Bryan Quigley, wrote in a message to pilots, “Our current pilot Covid-19 case count is on the rise.” Quigley added, “Pilots who have developed symptoms are also in quarantine and we have a high number of pilots on the sick list.”

Similar to United Airlines, JetBlue has lately been seeing an increasing number of its staff getting affected from COVID-19. JBLU said that additional flight cancellations could occur as Omicron cases spread.

5 Stocks Set to Double

Each was handpicked by a Zacks expert as the #1 favorite stock to gain +100% or more in 2021. Previous recommendations have soared +143.0%, +175.9%, +498.3% and +673.0%.

Most of the stocks in this report are flying under Wall Street radar, which provides a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor.

Today, See These 5 Potential Home Runs >>

Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report


Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL): Free Stock Analysis Report


United Airlines Holdings Inc (UAL): Free Stock Analysis Report


JetBlue Airways Corporation (JBLU): Free Stock Analysis Report


To read this article on click here.


Zacks Investment Research