NEW YORK (WABC) -- There's turbulence within the domestic airline industry after thousands of flights were canceled due to staffing shortages caused by COVID.
Hundreds of flights never took the skies on Christmas Eve, and now more than 900 flights combined have been canceled on Christmas between four of the major U.S. airlines. About 250 flights are already canceled for Sunday.
According to the website FlightAware, Delta Airlines has canceled 282 flights, approximately 14% of their total departures.
United Airlines is right behind them with 238 canceled flights, about 12% of their departures.
Meanwhile, FlightAware has JetBlue at 120 cancellations and American Airlines at 88.
Weather was to blame for a few of the cancellations, but airlines cite the nationwide surge in COVID cases as the primary cause.
This comes as more than two million air travelers passed through checkpoints on Thursday.
AAA says they expect to see relatively low travel numbers on Christmas day and the roads will see "minimal congestion."
However, Sunday is expected to be the third busiest day to return from a trip if you are flying, according to Hopper.
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