Passengers traveling for Christmas suffered disruptions around the world after airlines canceled more than 2,000 flights due to the lack of personnel affected by the advance of the omicron variant, reported the American company Flight Aware.
Commercial airlines United and Delta reported the cancellation of dozens of flights that were scheduled for Christmas Eve, arguing that they do not have enough staff due to the increase in coronavirus cases, specifically due to the omicron variant, which is dominant in the United States.
United Airlines said in a statement Thursday that it would cancel 120 flights scheduled for this Friday. due to “a direct impact on our flight crews and the people who run our operation.”
Delta announced for its part it was canceling 90 flights scheduled for Christmas Eve. In the text, he explained that they “exhausted” all the resources before taking the measure due to weather events and personnel problems.
US airlines said they were working hard to accommodate as many passengers as possible, but the outage occurs during one of the busiest travel periods in years.
American Airlines canceled one 10 flights this Friday, a small fraction of its flights, according to FlightAware.
According to data from the Transportation Security Administration, since December 16 more than 2 million people have passed through its security checkpoints almost every day, this is roughly double the number recorded on the same days last year.
With 2,081,297 passengers registered on Wednesday, the statistics exceeded the number of travelers reported on the same day in 2019, before the pandemic.
Voice of America (VOA)