At least 2,100 flights were canceled worldwide on Monday, including about 700 US flights, as travel disruptions spread throughout the work week on one of the busiest weekends of the year.
Over the weekend, airlines canceled thousands of flights as the Omigron variant of the corona virus hit flight crews. In all, about 2,300 U.S. flights were canceled on Saturday and Sunday over the Christmas holiday weekend, and more than 3,500 landed worldwide. According to FlightAware, Which provides flight data. On Sunday alone, more than 1,300 US flights and 1,700 additional flights worldwide were canceled.
Despite a number of landings due to bad weather and maintenance issues, many airlines have acknowledged that the current wave of corona virus cases in the United States has risen. Unseen conditions since last winter, Made a significant contribution. A Jet Blue spokesman said: “The airline has seen a large number of sick calls from Omigron.”
According to FlightAware, 12 per cent of Jet Blue flights, 6 per cent of Delta Airlines flights, 5 per cent of United Airlines flights and 2 per cent of American Airlines flights were canceled.
Southwest Airlines canceled just 68 flights, or 1 percent, according to FlightAware, and the cancellation was entirely due to weather, Southwest spokesman Dan Landson said. “We have no operational issues related to Govt,” he said in an email.
United, Delta, American and Southwest stock prices – four The biggest U.S. carriers – were down 1-2 percent in freemarket trading on Monday.
This year’s travel has skyrocketed, worsening the situation at airports: about two million people went through screening checkpoints every day last week, According to the Traffic Safety Administration. The number of Christmas Eve and Christmas days was higher than the equivalent figures last year, and some figures were higher than the same days two years ago, with almost no Americans aware of the virus, and then began to spread halfway around the world.
There are indications that the worst cancellations in the United States are over. Delta, for example, expects to cancel about 200 flights on Sunday, down from the 300 it had predicted a day earlier, and only forecast 40 cancellations on Monday.
Airlines, on the other hand, expect a lot of flights on Sunday, January 2nd. The Omicron variant, which is now responsible for more than 70 percent of new corona virus cases in the United States, has already helped push the daily case average above 200,000 in the United States for the first time in almost 12 months. According to the New York Times Corona virus tracker.
There is an airline trade group He asked Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should reduce the recommended isolation period from 10 days to a maximum of five days, i.e. 10 days, before returning with a negative test for fully vaccinated staff.
“The CDC’s quick and safe changes will ease the pressure on at least some staff and set up flights to help millions of passengers return from their vacation,” said JetBlue spokesman Derek Dombrowski.
However, the flight attendants’ association argued that reducing the recommended isolation hours should be “determined by public health professionals, not airlines.”
Late this weekend there was little to no contact with some of the infections. Alaska Airlines has established a comprehensive plan to keep employees healthy and has even entered its board of directors who have been trained as team members, spokeswoman Alexa Rutin said.
On Saturdays and Sundays, it contained only a few cancellations related to the group’s exposure to the corona virus, according to Ms Rutin. Nevertheless, according to FlightAver, it canceled 170 flights in those two days, including 21 percent of its Sunday flights, due to unusually cold and snowy weather in the Pacific Northwest, affecting its hub Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.