More than 1,500 cancelled flights Day After Christmas

Pandemic Travel

On Sunday, the number of cancelled flights exceeded 1,500 so far around the world, due to the current COVID-19 situation across the globe, with experts expecting disruptions to continue throughout Monday. Additionally, thousands of flights were also delayed, which added to the holiday season travel chaos and passenger frustration witnessed in all airports around the world.

According to FlightAware, approximately 5,900 flights were cancelled on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Sunday so far, with American and Chinese carriers being the most affected by these cancellations. Moreover, the list of hardest hit companies includes China Eastern, United, Delta and JetBlue.

The single most affected airport is in Xi’an, reporting the cancellation of approximately 100 flights . As for the single most affected carrier, China Eastern scraped more than 350 flights.

Airlines Weigh In

Airlines are saying the latest COVID-19 strian, Omicron, has resulted in extreme shortage in essential staff during this holiday season, which led to the increasing number of cancelled trips.

With the Omicron variant spreading wide and fast, a growing number of airline staff members are contracting the virus and taking time off to complete the quarantine period.

“The nationwide spike in Omicron cases this week has had a direct impact on our flight crews and the people who run our operation.”

– United Airlines

Delta Airlines also released a statement saying the carrier “exhausted all options and resources – including rerouting and substitutions of aircraft and crews to cover scheduled flying”.

Source: BBC

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