Delta reports fewer cancellations as Omicron impact diminishes, more winter weather forecast

Delta Air Lines issued this statement:

Delta’s operation stabilized over the past week, with significantly fewer disruptions to our flight schedule, most of which were attributed to winter weather.

As impacts from the Omicron variant lessen, less than 1% of our scheduled flights were canceled Wednesday across Delta’s mainline and Delta Connection operations. As of noon Thursday, just three mainline and no Delta Connection cancellations were processed for the day’s schedule.

Over the past week, about 60% of all cancellations systemwide were due to weather. One-third were attributed mainly to the effects of omicron. Over that same period, our mainline completion rate has been 99%, and 94% for Delta Connection. We are once again leading our competitors in completion reliability for the month of January.

“The stabilization that we’re seeing right now is really a testament to the resilience of the Delta people,” said E.V.P. and Chief Customer Experience Officer Allison Ausband. “At a time when we were anticipating the highest levels of demand that we’ve seen in two years, we were also challenged by omicron and the complexity of winter weather systems in many areas of the country. But our people persevered, backed up their colleagues as they focused on their health and getting well, and stayed focused on taking care of all of our customers to get them to their destination safely and comfortably.”

Even as Omicron effects on our Delta family begin to slowly subside, another winter weather system is expected to cause disruptions through the MLK holiday weekend, potentially impacting our Atlanta (ATL), Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) and Northeast hubs with ice and snow.