Omicron-induced staff shortages and snow hobble U.S. air travel

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By Gabriella Borter and Aishwarya Nair (Reuters) – U.S. airlines canceled nearly 1,000 flights on Monday after grounding thousands of flights over the Christmas holiday weekend, hobbled by staff shortages from COVID-19 infections and bad weather in parts of the country. Monday’s air travel woes capped a glum holiday weekend for thousands of passengers who were stranded in airports and waiting in hours-long customer service lines to re-book flights, often for days after originally planned. Rapidly rising COVID-19 infections from the Omicron variant have forced airlines to cancel flights as pilo…

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