More than 1,500 canceled flights in all over the world on Christmas Eve because of Omicron

Thousands of potential travelers received the same alarming message Thursday that their Christmas Eve flight was canceled at the last minute due to the recent surge in the number of coronavirus omicron cases.

canceled United Airlines Dozens of American flights were due to leave airports on Friday, along with dozens of others due to take off on Saturday, according to Flight Aware.

Other airlines, including Delta, JetBlue, and Allegiant, have done the same.

In Australia, dozens of flights have also been canceled at airports in major cities such as Sydney and Melbourne as coronavirus cases in the country have risen to their highest levels since the start of the pandemic.

Flight Aware showed that the number of cancellations globally from Thursday evening to Friday morning increased to more than 1,500 flights, the New York Times reported.

It was the latest blow to the holiday season due to the new, rapidly transmissible Omicron variant, which now accounts for more than 70% of new coronavirus cases in the United States. Nearly 170,000 people test positive for the virus every day in the country, a 38% increase in the past two weeks, according to the New York Times coronavirus tracker.

In its statement, United Airlines said that “Omicron’s direct impact on our flight crews and the people running our operations has led to the cancellation.”

Dozens of customers have turned to social media to voice complaints about last minute cancellations.

Australian airline officials, who have recorded more than 500 cases of Omicron, said many employees are not in able to work after it was determined that they had close contact with Corona virus cases. Under government requirements, they are required to auto-put in quarantine for seven days.

A representative of Jetstar Airways said via e-mail this Friday afternoon, local time: “To a large number of our members team in first line is asked to test and isolate close contacts given the growing number of cases in the general community. As a result, we had to make some belated changes to our schedule.

A Sydney airport spokesperson said 80 flights in arrival or in departure on 24 December from the most populous city in the country, out of a total of 500, have been canceled.

According to the site web of Melbourne airport flight monitoring, more than 70 flights were also canceled in departure or in I arrive at the airport on December 24, about 700. Brisbane Airport has announced the cancellation of 45 flights.

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