U.S. – Over 2,000 flights cancelled on Christmas eve amid Omicron surge

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U.S. - Over 2,000 flights cancelled on Christmas eve amid Omicron surge

U.S. – Over 2,000 flights cancelled on Christmas eve amid Omicron surge

Airlines in the U.S. are continuing to be hit hard by cancellations as a spike in Omicron variant cases causes global travel disruption over Christmas. A quarter of the more than 4,000 flights cancelled worldwide on Friday and Saturday were in the U.S.

Pilots, flights attendants and other staff have been calling in sick or having to quarantine after exposure to Covid19, forcing Lufthansa, Delta, United Airlines and many other airlines to cancel flights.

The cancellations come as millions of people are expected to travel for the holidays, despite the nationwide surge in Covid19 cases led by the Omicron variant. While some travelers canceled holiday plans because of rising case numbers, many others kept to their vacations during some of the year’s busiest travel days.