US airlines canceled more than 900 flights yesterday. A surge in coronavirus (Covid-19) infections has led to major cancellations for two consecutive days as some pilots and other crew members overturned plans for tens of thousands of vacation travelers on Christmas weekends. I did.
A total of 913 Christmas Day flights, including domestic and international flights, have been canceled, up from 690 on Christmas Eve, according to a running tally on the flight tracking website FlightAware.com.
About 1,110 flights were delayed.
Christmas holidays are usually the peak hours of air travel, but airlines because of the rapid spread of highly contagious Omicron variants, which has led to a surge in Covid-19 infections and the need to isolate pilots and crew. Has had to cancel the flight.
United Airlines has canceled flight 230, a spokeswoman for the company said.
“This week’s nationwide surge in the Omicron incident has had a direct impact on our flight crew and those who carry out our operations,” said spokesman Maddy King.
She added that a small percentage of United’s average daily flight of 4,000 during the holiday season was cancelled.
“We are working hard to rebook as many people as possible and take them on vacation,” she said.
According to FlightAware data, Delta Air Lines scrubbed Flight 301 at 1:59 pm EST (Greenwich Mean Time 1859), but American Airlines spokesperson said the airline canceled 90 mainland flights. He said he had to do it.
Globally, more than 2,590 flights were canceled yesterday and 5,438 flights were delayed.
An American Airlines spokeswoman said, “Our flight is going well and unfortunately we have had a number of Covid-related illness calls, so we will pre-cancel some of our scheduled flights today. I made a difficult decision. “
Among the most affected US airports were Hartford-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, Los Angeles International Airport, and JFK International Airport in New York.
Not all airlines have been affected equally.
A Southwest Airlines spokesman said there were no issues reporting yesterday’s airline flights.
The Omicron variant was first detected in November and now accounts for nearly three-quarters of cases in the United States, up to 90% in some areas such as the East Coast.
According to Reuters, the average number of new coronavirus cases in the United States has increased by 45% over the past week to 179,000 per day.
Recent studies suggest that Omicron has a lower mild illness and hospitalization rate than previous Covid-19 variants, but health officials are paying close attention to this outlook.
Prior to the Christmas holidays, Americans scrambled for Covid-19 testing, and many proceeded with travel planning.
U.S. officials say that fully vaccinated people should be able to comfortably travel on vacation.
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