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Montana travelers spared holiday flight woes

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Travelers in and out of Montana airports were not as impacted by cancellations caused by the coronavirus surge happening in different parts of the country.

According to the online flight tracker Flight Aware, nearly 40 flights were canceled from Sunday through Monday morning to and from airports in Billings, Missoula, Bozeman, Glacier and Great Falls.

NPR reported thousands of domestic and international flights were canceled over the holiday weekend due to the surge in coronavirus cases caused by the omicron variant.

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport director Brian Sprenger says the wintery weather is having more of an impact on his airport than anything else.

“I don’t want to understate the importance of what is happening because I think there certainly is some COVID impact, but, I think, if you didn’t have weather you would see less of that being an impact," he said.

The Associated Press reports airlines have struggled to rebound from staffing shortages after air travel rebounded faster this year than most had anticipated.