Airlines canceled more than 2000 flights Worldwide, 25% of them are in the United States, due to the expansion of the variable Omicron from Covid-19.
According to the Flightaware website, at 15:50 (GMT) on Friday (24th), there were at least 2,272 canceled flights. Of this total, 585 flights are linked to the US, between international and domestic flights. According to the same source, the number of cancellations as of Thursday reached 2,231.
Most of the flights were scheduled before the Ômicron outbreak, a variant that is spreading at high speed and more contagious than its predecessors.
Many companies have heard of before France Press agency It was mentioned as the cause of the new wave of the epidemic affecting particularly its crews.
As Flightaware, United Airlines had to cancel more than 180 flights on Friday, equivalent to 8% of scheduled flights.
“The spike in micron cases across the country this week has had a direct impact on our crews and the people running our operations,” the company, which said it was working on solutions for affected passengers, said.
Delta Air Lines canceled 163 flights, according to Flightaware, due to Micron and, to a lesser extent, due to adverse weather conditions.
The airline noted that “Delta teams exhausted all options and resources” before reaching these cancellations.
More than a dozen Alaska Airlines flights have been canceled after some of its employees reported “possible exposure to the virus” and had to self-isolate.
According to estimates by the American Automobile Association (AAA), more than 109 million Americans are expected to leave their immediate area by plane, train or car between December 23 and January 2, a 34% increase from last year.
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