September 24, 2022

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Thousands of 'Christmas flights' canceled around the world due to Omicron infection |  abroad

Thousands of ‘Christmas flights’ canceled around the world due to Omicron infection | abroad

Thousands of travelers were told just before Christmas that their flights would be cancelled. Airlines around the world canceled more than 3,000 flights on Friday and Christmas Day, the Washington Post reported. This is based on numbers from the Flight Aware website.

Air traffic problems are partly due to increased oomicron infection. This highly contagious type of coronavirus also spreads among airline employees. Companies sometimes see no other option than to cancel flights. It was also said that about 2,000 flights were canceled on Thursday.

US carrier Delta Air Lines said it canceled about 90 flights on Friday, according to the New York Times, after “trying everything” to allow it to leave. According to the airline, the fact that it is not possible to fly has several reasons, including weather conditions and a “variable omicron effect”.

The newspaper reported that United Airlines canceled at least 150 flights that were scheduled to leave Friday and another 44 flights for Saturday. The company explained that Omicron’s impact “on our flight crews and the people who run our operations” led to the cancellation.

The problems are not limited to the United States. In Australia, dozens of flights were canceled at airports in major cities such as Sydney and Melbourne. There, many crew members will be forced to self-isolate because they have been in close contact with infected people.

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