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Omicron: more than 5,600 flights canceled worldwide over Christmas weekend | Coronavirus


According to the Flightaware website, there were nearly 2,500 flight cancellations on Saturday, of which just over 850 were trips related to the United States, whether international or internal.

More than 3,500 flights were also delayed across the world.

Friday, about 2,400 cancellations and nearly 11,000 delays had been identified according to the same source, which already accounts for nearly 800 cancellations scheduled for Sunday.

Delta company planes.

Delta airplanes at John F. Kennedy International Airport after airlines announced the cancellation of numerous flights.

Photo: Reuters / DIEU-NALIO CHERY

Pilots, flight attendants and other staff have had to be quarantined after being exposed to COVID-19, which has forced Lufthansa, Delta and United Airlines to cancel flights.

According to Flightaware, United Airlines had to cancel around 439 flights on Friday and Saturday, or about 10% of those that were scheduled.

The peak of Omicron cases across the country this week has had a direct impact on our crews and the people who run our operations.

A quote from United Airlines, cited by Flightaware

The company assured to strive to find solutions for the affected passengers.

Delta Air Lines also canceled 280 flights on Saturday, and 170 the day before, again according to Flightaware, citing both Omicron and, occasionally, adverse weather conditions. Delta teams have exhausted all options and resources before coming to these cancellations, pleaded the airline.

More than 10 Alaska Airlines flights, which employees said have been potentially exposed to the virus and had to self-isolate in quarantine, were also canceled.

Chinese airlines were responsible for the most cancellations: China Eastern cut around 540 flights, more than a quarter of its flight plan, while Air China canceled 264 flights, also near the quarter of his scheduled departures.

A sign displaying the cancellation of multiple flights at an airport.

A sign displaying the cancellation of multiple flights at an airport.

Photo: Associated Press / Shinji Kita

These cancellations disrupt the desire to resume travel this year for the Holidays, after a Christmas 2020 hit hard by the pandemic.

According to estimates by the American Automobile Association, more than 109 million Americans were expected to leave their immediate area by plane, train or car between December 23 and January 2 – up 34% from the year last.

Fortunately, these disruptions did not have any consequences for Santa’s tour, which the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has scrupulously followed for 63 years.

It is going very well so far, Santa has given out two billion gifts and he is currently above Pakistan, had confided to theFrance Media Agency Major General Eric Kenny, who commands the North American Aerospace Defense Command for the Canada region.

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