Airlines across the globe continued to cancel hundreds of flights Saturday as Covid-related staffing issues disrupted operations during one of the busiest travel times of the year.
Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and JetBlue Airways all attributed the issues to the omicron variant. “This was unexpected,” said Maddie King, a spokeswoman for United.
As of 11:45 a.m. EDT on Saturday, airlines across the globe had cancelled 2,543 flights that would have operated on Christmas Day, according to FlightAware, a service that tracks such data. That figure was 852 in the United States alone. The global figure for Christmas Eve was 2,380 and, in the United States, 690.
The number of cancellations worldwide for Sunday, Boxing Day, is already over 800 worldwide, and over 200 in the United States.
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