Over 1,600 flights were canceled on Christmas Eve amid the spread of Omicron

In Australia, many flights have already been canceled in Sydney and Melbourne due to the extremely high levels of coronavirus infections

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In just a few days to Christmas, over 1,600 flights have been canceled globally, rendering passengers trapped far from loved ones.

According to data from flight-tracking site FlightAware, the boost of Omicron cases around the world is mostly responsible, with United Airlines canceling at least 150 Christmas Eve flights in the US.

In the United States, Delta has canceled approximately 100 Christmas Eve flights at the last minute.

According to what a United spokesperson told New York Times


We are really managing this day by day. There may be some more flight cancellations for Saturday. It’s possible.

Alaska Airlines has also canceled 17 flights as a response to the outrageous increase of the Omicron variant, with more cancellations practically possible.

China Eastern stands at the top spot as they had 458 flights cancelled which represents 22% of the total cancelled flights.

In Australia, many flights have already been canceled in Sydney and Melbourne due to the extremely high levels of coronavirus infections.

On the 24th of December, 80 out of 500 services expected to arrive or depart from Sydney have been canceled, more than 10% of Melbourne’s Christmas Eve flights have been abruptly canceled (more than 70 out of 700). So far, 45 flights have been canceled at Brisbane Airport.

About the abrupt disruption of flights, a Jetstar Airways spokesperson said

A large number of our frontline team members are being required to test and isolate as close contacts given the increasing number of cases in the general community.

As a result, we have had to make some late adjust

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