US airlines cancel over 200 Christmas Eve flights amid Omicron surge

US airlines cancel over 200 Christmas Eve flights amid Omicron surge

America’s United Airlines and Delta Air Lines have cancelled dozens of Christmas Eve flights, with COVID-19 Omicron variant taking a heavy toll on flight crews and other workers.

Chicago-based United Airlines, which operates a large domestic and international route network, cancelled 120 flights for Friday, while Atlanta-based Delta, one of the major US airlines, said it has cancelled about 90 flights.

“The nationwide spike in Omicron cases this week has had a direct impact on our flight crews and the people who run our operation. As a result, we’ve unfortunately had to cancel some flights and are notifying impacted customers in advance of them coming to the airport,” United Airlines said in a statement on Thursday.

Delta Air Lines, in a separate statement, said it has “exhausted all options and resources — including rerouting and substitutions of aircraft and crews to cover scheduled flying — before cancelling around 90 flights for…

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