Some 6,300 flights were canceled by airlines across the world over Christmas weekend, with the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 disrupting travel during the holidays, with pilots in particular in quarantine.
According to the latest report from the Flightaware website, there were nearly 2,800 flight cancellations on Saturday, 970 of which were trips linked to the United States, whether for international or internal connections.
Friday, about 2,400 cancellations had been identified according to the same source, which already has more than 1,100 cancellations planned for Sunday.
Pilots, flight attendants and other staff members had to be quarantined after being exposed to Covid, which forced Lufthansa, Delta and United Airlines to cancel flights. According to Flightaware, United Airlines had to cancel around 439 flights on Friday and Saturday, or about 10% of those that were scheduled.
More than ten Alaska Airlines flights, whose employees said they were “potentially exposed to the virus” and had to self-isolate in quarantine, have also been canceled.