According to the tracking website, at least 5,700 flights worldwide were canceled and thousands more were delayed during the long Christmas weekend.
According to Flightaware.com, more than 2,500 flights were scrubbed around the world on Christmas Day, of which more than 870 flew to and from US airports with a delay of about 4,200 at 1430 GMT.
There were about 2,400 cancellations and 11,000 delays on Friday, but Sunday cancellations are already over 800.
Pilots, flight attendants and other employees must call or quarantine due to illness after being exposed to Covid, Lufthansa, Delta, United Airlines, JetBlue and many other understaffed airlines. However, one of the peak travel periods of the year forced me to cancel my flight.
“Please help @ united’s flight be canceled again. I want to go home for Christmas,” one resentful traveler from Vermont, USA tweeted to the airline early Saturday.
According to Flightaware data, United canceled about 200 flights daily on Fridays and Saturdays. This is equivalent to 10% of scheduled flights.
Scrambles were underway to reroute pilots and planes and relocate employees, but the surge in Omicron disrupted the business.
“This week’s nationwide surge in the Omicron incident has had a direct impact on our flight crew and the people who operate our operations,” United Airlines said in a statement on Friday.
“As a result, unfortunately some flights have to be canceled and the affected customers are notified before they arrive at the airport,” the airline said.
Similarly, Delta has abandoned at least 280 flights on Saturday and already canceled 64 flights on Sunday, “all options such as rerouting to cover scheduled flights and replacement of aircraft and crew. And ran out of resources. “
“We apologize to our customers for the delay in planning their vacation trip,” the company said.
Cancellation has been added to the pandemic frustration for many who are eager to reunite with their families during the holidays after Christmas last year was significantly shortened.
China Eastern Airlines abandoned 1,000 flights on Friday and Saturday, accounting for more than 20% of its flight plans, and Air China also landed about 20% of its scheduled departures during this period.
Between December 23 and January 2, more than 109 million Americans were scheduled to travel by plane, train, or car, according to estimates by the AAA Automobile Association.
However, most of these plans took place before the outbreak of Omicron, the dominant strain in the United States, and overwhelmed some hospitals and health care workers.
New York State announced on Friday that it has recorded 44,431 new daily positive Covid tests. This is a new record.
Fortunately, Omicron did not affect Santa’s travel plans, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which has been tracking Centnick’s Christmas journey for 60 years.
US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden spoke with NORAD officials on Friday to confirm that the Christmas journey was going smoothly.
Biden then talked to an American family on a video call to discuss his vacation. But when Biden insulted his father, who wanted a happy holiday, the easy moments became sour, exposing the political division of the country.
His father replied “Merry Christmas,” but continued with the phrase “Let’s go to Brandon,” which Donald Trump supporters used as a euphemism for derogatory remarks to the current president.
http://www.gulf-times.com/story/706856/5-700-flights-scrapped-as-Omicron-hits-Christmas-w 5,700 flights were scrapped as Omicron hit a Christmas weekend trip