Thousands of Christmas Flights Worldwide Cancelled at the Last Minute
Thousands of travellers have been told before Christmas that their flights will be cancelled. Airlines worldwide are cancelling more than 3,000 flights on Friday and Christmas Day, reports The Washington Post newspaper.
The increase in omikron infections partly causes problems in air traffic. This highly contagious variant of the coronavirus is also spreading among airline employees. As a result, the companies sometimes see no other option than to cancel flights. About 2000 flights are also said to have been cancelled on Thursday.
According to The New York Times, American Delta Air Lines says it cancelled about 90 flights on Friday after “trying everything” to let them leave. According to the airline, it is not possible to fly has several causes, including weather conditions and the ‘impact of the omikron variant’.
United Airlines cancelled at least 150 flights scheduled to depart Friday and another 44 for Saturday, the newspaper reports. The company explained that the impact of omikron on the flight crews and the people who run the operation has led to cancellations.
Not just in the US
The problems are not limited to the United States. In Australia, dozens of flights had to be cancelled at airports in major cities such as Sydney and Melbourne. There, many crew members are said to have been forced to self-isolate because they have had close contact with infected people.