Bad weather in the western United States caused havoc on roads and other routes after airline staff were exposed to Covid and then called sick.
According to the tracking website, over 6,000 flights worldwide were canceled and thousands more were delayed over the long Christmas weekend.
Exacerbating the turmoil in US travel, the stormy weather in the western part of the country could bring a white Christmas weekend to the northwestern cities of Seattle and Portland, but due to the turmoil of roads and other routes.
According to Flightaware.com, about 2,800 flights were scrubbed worldwide on Saturday, of which more than 970 departed and arrived at US airports, with more than 8,000 delays as of 0130GMT.
There were about 2,400 cancellations and 11,000 delays on Friday, but there are already over 1,100 cancellations on Sunday.
Pilots, flight attendants, and other employees have been sick and have to call or quarantine after being exposed to Covid, Lufthansa, Delta, United Airlines, JetBlue, Alaska Airlines, and much more. Understaffed airlines have been forced to cancel their flights on one of this year’s peak trips. period.
“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 on Friday and about 250 on Saturday. This is about 10 percent of the 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 abandoned 310 flights on Saturday and already canceled dozens of flights on Sunday, “all including rerouting and replacement of aircraft and crew to cover scheduled flights. I’ve run out of options and 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.
Air China has abandoned more than 1,000 flights on Fridays and Saturdays, more than 20% of its flight plans, Air China has landed about 20% of scheduled departures during this period, and Air China has the highest number of cancellations. rice field.
Dangerous snow conditions
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 record, and new cases have surged nationwide.
On the front, the National Weather Service issued warnings of winter storms, including deep freezing of important parts of the west, while unseasonably warm temperatures struck the eastern states.
“Unusually cold conditions and concentration of humidity in the Pacific Ocean can lead to long periods of mountain snow and coastal / valley rain, some of which can sometimes be heavy,” the NWS said in an advisory. ..
Stunning 2-4 feet (61-122 centimeters) of snow is expected to fall this weekend, with more snow in some parts of the northern and central Sierra Nevada Mountains of California and Oregon. ..
According to the NWS, weekend trips from the Sierra Nevada to the central Rocky Mountains are “sometimes dangerous or impossible” due to the whitening of the snow.
Source: TRT World and distributors
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