Omicron variant causes Christmas flight cancellations and holiday headaches

United Airlines was forced to cancel 121 flights on Christmas Eve, in part because of the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

According to Aware of theft, United Airlines canceled 121 flights on Friday, equivalent to 6% of their overall flight schedule. FOX Business has identified 21 cases where United Airlines cancellations on Christmas Eve are directly attributed to the coronavirus, saying personnel issues caused the cancellation.

For a Denver-Newark flight scheduled for Friday, for example, the message is posted on the United Airlines website: “Your flight is canceled due to an increase in Covid cases limiting crew availability. We are sorry for disrupting your vacation plans and for the inconvenience. “

A United Airlines spokesperson confirmed to FOX Business that the nationwide spike in cases of omicron variants of the coronavirus has disrupted some of their flights.


A United Airlines 737 Max 9 takes off. (United Airlines) (United Airlines)

“The national peak of Omicron cases this week has had a direct impact on our flight crews and the people who run our operations. As a result, we have unfortunately had to cancel some flights and are informing affected customers in advance that they are coming to We are sorry for the disruption and are working hard to book as many people as possible and get them off for the holidays, ”the spokesperson said.

United Airlines isn’t the only airline feeling the impact of the omicron variant, as Delta Air Lines also blames the omicron variant for some flight cancellations.

About 90 flights are canceled on Friday, according to a spokesperson for Delta Air Lines.

“Delta teams exhausted all options and resources – including rerouting and replacing planes and crews to cover scheduled flights – before canceling approximately 90 flights for Friday. We apologize to our customers for the delay in their vacation travel plans. The folks at Delta are working hard to get them where they need to be as quickly and safely as possible on the next available flight, ”the spokesperson said. of thefts are due to a combination of issues including, but not limited to, potential inclement weather in some areas and the impact of the Omicron variant. “

LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 16: A Delta Air Lines employee assists a customer at a nearly deserted Los Angeles International Airport on April 16, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Passenger air travel has fallen more than 90 percent at LAX as a ((Photo by David McNew / Getty Images))


Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian and other military medics said in a Dec. 21 letter to Dr Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that isolation guidelines for those vaccinated should be journals.

Instead, the medical advisers from Bastian and Delta offers an isolation period of 5 days from the onset of symptoms, indicating that the omicron ovary may “exacerbate shortages and create significant disruption.”


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 09: United Airlines Ramp Services employee Cynthia Lara fills out paperwork before receiving her COVID-19 vaccine at United’s on-site clinic at O’Hare International Airport on March 09, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. United a bee ((Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images) / Getty Images)

“With the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the 10-day isolation for those who are fully vaccinated can have a significant impact on our workforce and operations. Like health care, police, fire and public transport workforces, the Omicron surge can exacerbate shortages and create In addition, all airline personnel are required to mask themselves at airports and airports. planes, ”the letter reads.

Airlines for America, a trade organization representing several US airlines including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, also wrote a letter to Dr. Walensky in support of the 5 day isolation recommendation.

On December 23, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA wrote a separate letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stating that they support the current 10-day isolation recommendation.

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