January 29, 2023

Govind Holiday Tour: United, Delta, Jet Blue Weather, Cancels Many Christmas Eve Flights Due to Omigron Rise

New York (WABC) – Major airlines have collectively canceled hundreds of flights for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, due to the rise of some omigron variation.

United Airlines canceled 182 flights on Friday and 109 on Saturday, saying it was “restricting staff availability due to the increase in covet cases”.

A United Spokesman issued the following statement:

“The increase in Omigron cases across the country this week has had a direct impact on our flight crew and the people who direct our operations,” it says. “As a result, unfortunately some flights have been canceled and we have been informed in advance of the arrival of affected customers at the airport. We apologize for the interruption. We have been working hard to book as many people as possible and get them on their way to the holidays.”

The number of cancellations rose to 482 on Friday, according to flight watchdog Flight Aware.

According to Flight Aware, Delta Airlines lags behind United with 161 canceled flights on Friday and 137 on Saturday, while JetBlue now has 72 canceled.

Delta cited a combination of issues, including possible random weather and the impact of omigron variation.

A spokesman issued the following statement:

“Delta crews exhausted all options and resources – including modifying aircraft and crew and covering scheduled flights – before canceling about 90 flights by Friday,” it read. “We apologize to our customers for the delay in their holiday travel plans. Delta people are working hard to get them on the next flight to their destination quickly and safely.”

American Airlines is in good condition in comparison, canceling just 14 flights across the country.

In addition, Alaska Airlines has had to cancel a limited number of flights over the past several days because some of its employees have been isolated after reporting that they may have been exposed to COVID-19.

The airline is now offering extra pay for healthy employees who can work extra shifts over the coming Christmas weekend. According to FlightAware, Alaska has so far canceled only 10 flights for Christmas Eve.

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Meanwhile, air travel is increasing by 184% compared to 2020, setting the epidemic fatigue, according to the AAA.

If you have not flown in a while, TSA has this message:

“The checkpoint would be a little different if you hadn’t flown before the infection,” said Lisa Forbesstein of the TSA. “TSA officers are going to wear gloves, they’m going to wear masks, and we’ll help you stand back behind the acrylic shields and do what we can to reduce the touch spots.”

More than 100 million Americans travel this holiday weekend, but even with that upsurge in air travel, the vast majority hit the roads.

The AAA says this is the best time to drive. If you find yourself driving from 2pm to 6pm on Fridays, expect a gridlock.

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