Travelers should be aware that the Omicron wave in Mexico is causing the cancellation of flights from the Guadalajara International Airport to both domestic and international destinations.
Between January 7 and 12, airlines canceled 90 domestic and international flights at the airport due to staff calling in sick.
Sixteen flights were canceled on Thursday, January 7, seven on January 8, and eight on January 9.
The cancellations continued through this week, with 17 recorded on Tuesday and the highest daily total of 19 set on Wednesday.
Although the Wall Street Journal this week reported some indications of flight cancellations in the United States beginning to slow down, more can be expected in Mexico over the coming week as domestic airlines struggle with staff shortages amid the surge in coronavirus infections.
The cancellations at the GDL airport have mostly affected domestic destinations such as Mexico City, Monterrey, Cancun and Tijuana, but also flights to Los Angeles, Houston and San Jose.
Airlines have cancelled over 350 flights in and out of the Mexico City airport since January 5 due to staff shortages.
Aeroméxico has been the worst affected airline in Guadalajara, followed by VivaAerobús, Volaris and Alaska Airlines.
Cathay Pacific’s weekly cargo flight from Guadalajara to Hong Kong was also canceled.