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Holiday travel canceled for some as flight crews test positive for COVID


Despite a surge in COVID cases, this past holiday weekend was still one of the busiest for flight travel, but it was met with trip cancellations as the virus spread among flight crews.

According to FlightAware, a site that provides aviation data, 1,517 flights within, into or out of the United States were canceled the day after Christmas. Monday 1,214 flights were canceled in the United States.

Some of the airlines impacted by the cancellations were JetBlue, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines.


RELATED: More than 5,000 flights have been canceled worldwide this Christmas weekend

Sabrina LoPiccolo, the senior communications specialist for the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, joined KPBS Midday Edition on Monday to talk about travel at the San Diego International Airport over the holiday weekend.

"We are anticipating about 1 million passengers coming and going from the San Diego International Airport between Dec. 17 and Jan. 3," she said. "So far, we have seen about 556,000 passengers coming and going from the airport, and obviously we do have a few more days to see if we get up to that million number."

LoPiccolo said the nationwide cancellations have affected the San Diego International Airport as well.

"Anytime that there are cancellations or delays, it has a ripple affect, and we have been seeing quite a few cancellations and delays," LoPiccolo said.


LoPiccolo suggested that if you plan to travel during the upcoming week, check in with your airline before heading to the airport to check if your flight is delayed.