26 Dec 2021
Around 1,000 Christmas Flights Cancelled as Omicron Fears Loom over America
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Various U.S. airlines cancelled nearly 1,000 flights on Saturday for the second consecutive day as Omicron cases continue to climb across the country and around the world.
According to FlightAware.com, 957 flights were cancelled on Christmas Day including international flights. A total of 690 flights had already been called off on Christmas Eve, with about 2,000 flights being deferred. This comes amid the holiday season which is a peak travel time for many people as they visit loved ones during the festive period.
United Airlines spokesperson Maddie King said, "The nationwide spike in Omicron cases this week has had a direct impact on our flight crews and the people who run our operation."
However, these cancellations are not expected to end with Christmas Day since as many as one airline company anticipating at least several hundred more cancellations to follow on Sunday.
Despite the milder symptoms of the new coronavirus variant, Omicron infections have surged by 45% during the past week. In a press meeting last week, President Biden had assured reporters that fully vaccinated Americans are permitted to gather for the holidays.
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