Travelers this Christmas continue to experience flight cancellations as they the omicron variant causes airline personnel to report ill.
According to the page FlightAware, which tracks delays and cancellations, 2,395 flights were canceled worldwide on Monday, with 869 of them impacting flights “in, to or out of the United States.”
Some 6,342 flights have been delayed worldwide, with 1,602 of these delays impacting US flights.
Over the Christmas weekend, thousands more flights were canceled, leaving travelers stranded.
“We apologize to our customers for the delay in their travel plans,” Delta airline said in a statement. “Delta staff are working hard to get you where you need to be as quickly and as safely as possible on the next available flight.”
The Christmas season is the busiest time of the year for air travel. The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said 2.19 million passengers underwent screening on Dec. 23, and more travelers were registered the day before than on the same day in 2019, before the pandemic.
It is unclear when things could return to normal.
Delta and JetBlue have reportedly asked the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce the quarantine time for their vaccinated employees. Some airlines are also reported to be offering bonuses for working harder to cover sick employees.
In the midst of the situation, some express their concern.
“We have to make sure that employees do not feel pressure to return to work when they have been exposed to COVID or think they may have the symptoms,” Dennis Tajer, spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association told the chain. ABC News.
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