Nearly 6,000 flights delayed or canceled over Christmas weekend

Source : 112 Ukraine

Pilots, flight attendants and other employees have been calling in sick or having to quarantine after exposure to Covid-19
11:57, 26 December 2021

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Around the world, nearly 2,500 flights were canceled and more than 3,500 flights were delayed on December 25. This was reported by DW.

About 850 flights originating from or headed to US airports were canceled. Pilots, flight attendants, and other employees have been calling in sick or having to quarantine after exposure to Covid-19, forcing Lufthansa, Delta, United Airlines, JetBlue, Alaska Airlines, and many other short-staffed carriers to cancel flights during one of the year’s peak travel periods.

United Airlines alone was forced to cancel about 440 (about 10%) of its flights on December 24 and 25.

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“The nationwide spike in Omicron cases this week has had a direct impact on our flight crews and the people who run our operation,” United said in a statement.

Delta scrapped about 450 flights on December 24 and 25.

“We apologize to our customers for the delay in their holiday travel plans,” the company said.

Earlier, we reported that the airlines around the world canceled more than 4,500 flights over the Christmas weekend, as a wave of Covid-19 infections driven by the Omicron variant created greater uncertainty for holiday travelers. 

Airline carriers globally scrapped at least 2,401 flights on Friday, which fell on Christmas Eve and is typically a heavy day for air travel, according to a running tally on the flight-tracking website Nearly 10,000 more flights were delayed.

The website showed that 1,779 Christmas Day flights were called off worldwide, along with 402 more that had been scheduled for Sunday.

Related: Omicron strain spreads mainly among unvaccinated, - Health Ministry of Ukraine

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