As multiple airlines worldwide struggle with staffing shortages due to Covid19, over 3,000 flights have been canceled as we approach the holiday weekend. Travelers attempting to spend the holidays with their friends and families struggle to get there as flights for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are being canceled or delayed.

According to a report from The Hill, Around 20 percent of the flights that have been canceled directly impact travel within the United States or travelers leaving or coming into the country. So far, 4,604 flights have been delayed, and approximately 500 of those flights directly impact U.S. travel.

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Both United Airlines and Delta Airlines have been forced to cancel flights on Christmas Eve due to staffing shortages due to Covid19. United confirmed that they canceled more than 100 flights due to the spread of the omicron variant.

“We’re seeing about 120 cancellations planned for Friday. 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. We’re sorry for the disruption and are working hard to rebook as many people as possible and get them on their way for the holidays,” – United Airlines Spokesperson.

Delta issued a statement on Thursday saying we have “exhausted all options and resources – including rerouting and substitutions of aircraft and crews to cover scheduled flying – before canceling around 90 flights for Friday.”

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JetBlue has canceled more than 50 flights, and Alaskan Airlines has canceled 17 flights on Thursday and 11 flights on Friday.

The flight cancellations are causing a massive headache for travelers as they try to figure out how to get to their holiday destinations.

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David Powell, physician and medical adviser to the International Air Transport Association, said that flying individuals are 2-3 times more likely to be infected with Covid19 since the omicron variant emerged.

“Whatever the risk was with delta, we would have to assume the risk would be two to three times greater with omicron, just as we’ve seen in other environments,” – David Powell.

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