On January 2, more than 3.6 thousand flights were canceled around the world due to unfavorable weather and the spread of omicron. About it informs Reuters.
Among canceled flights, more than 2.1 thousand are in the United States. Over 6400 flights were delayed there. The largest number of cancellations fell on the American airlines SkyWest and Southwest.
As the agency notes, the Christmas and New Year holidays are peak times for air travel. However, in order to protect pilots and crew members from the rapid spread of the omicron strain, airlines were forced to cancel some flights.
German airline Lufthansa and American Delta Air Lines and United Airlines canceled about 200 international and domestic flights on December 25 due to employee illnesses. Delta Air Lines said the flight cancellations are directly related to the spread of the omicron to employees. Lufthansa indicated that the company is recording a “massive increase” in the number of sick leave among pilots.
In Moscow on New Year’s Eve 155 flights were canceled, 51 more flights were delayed. Sheremetyevo was assured that the cancellation of a number of flights was due to the low load by the decision of the airlines.