August 8, 2022
Bad weather and Omicron: more than 3000 flights canceled around the world - 01/02/2022

Bad weather and Omicron: more than 3000 flights canceled around the world – 01/02/2022

More than 3,000 flights were canceled worldwide on Sunday, more than half of them in the United States, compounding the loss of cancellations during the holiday week due to bad weather and an increase in infections. Corona Virus due to the omicron variable.

More than 3,300 flights had been canceled as of 9:00 a.m. GMT, including 1,900 that were entering or leaving the United States, according to a count by flight-tracking website FlightAware.com. Including flights that were delayed but not canceled, more than 4,800 flights were affected in total.

The Christmas and New Year holidays are usually busy with flying, but the rapid spread of the highly transmissible omicron variant has led to a significant increase in COVID-19 cases, forcing airlines to cancel flights as pilots and crew have been quarantined.

Passengers in the Miami airport lounge: the impact of flight cancellations on thousands of tourists around the world

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Transportation agencies have also been suspending or curtailing services in the United States due to staff shortages due to the coronavirus.

Omicron has caused record cases and ruined New Year’s celebrations in many places around the world.

The rise in COVID-19 cases in the United States has caused some companies to change their plans to increase the number of employees working in their offices from Monday.

Chevron planned to begin a full return to the office from January 3, but told employees in late December that it would postpone the decision indefinitely.

US authorities reported at least 346,869 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, according to a Reuters tally. The number of Covid-19 deaths in the United States rose by 377 to 828,562.

American crews, pilots and support staff are reluctant to work overtime during the holiday season despite huge financial stimulus. Unions said many employees are afraid of contracting the COVID-19 virus and are not inclined to deal with unruly passengers.

In the months leading up to the holiday season, airlines were courting employees to make sure they had enough crews, after thousands of layoffs over the past 18 months, the pandemic has hit the industry.