Brazilian airlines cancel hundreds of flights due to Covid-19 | News


Several Brazilian airlines announced on Monday that they have canceled hundreds of flights after the increase in people positive for Covid-19, including with the Omicron variant, in addition to influenza as another of the diseases that currently affect the South American country.


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The three main Brazilian airlines, Azul, Gol and Latam, confirmed that this situation has caused the cancellation of hundreds of national and international flights due to the absence of a crew, which includes pilots and co-pilots.

The National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac) stressed that it is monitoring “cases of respiratory diseases caused in pilots, flight attendants and other professionals in the aviation sector.”

1.0 percent of domestic and international flights were canceled by Latam, and local media indicated that 111 departures were canceled between this Monday and next Sunday, January 16.

Latam airline specified that “due to the recent increase in cases of Covid-19 and influenza in the population, some national and international flights had to be canceled. We regret this situation, which is totally out of our control ”.

According to local media, Latam and Azul indicated on Monday that they had already canceled or rescheduled a total of 528 flights due to the absence of crew members. The National Union of Aeronauts (SNA) affirmed that there was an increase of 405 percent in medical leave, compared to the average of the last 12 months in the Azul agency.

The Brazilian Ministry of Health reported this Monday a total of 110 people died from the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

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