Due to the increase in contagions originated from the variant Omicron of Covid-19, airlines have cancelled about 4 thousand flights over the Christmas weekend.
It was shown that about 2 thousand 314 flights have been canceled this Friday on Christmas Eve, which is one of the busiest days at airports worldwide and approximately a quarter of them were in the United States.
Flights canceled by Ómicron
It is reported that 1,402 flights that were scheduled for Christmas Day have been canceled, along with another 340 more the following day, all of them due to complications and infections caused by the Omicron variant.
Recall that the World Health Organization reported that the Omicron variant may become dominant in Europe in months, which is why the importance of vaccination has been emphasized.
In the United States, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines together canceled about 280 Christmas Eve flights due to staff shortages caused by increased infections.
Covid-19 infections have increased due to the emergence of the Omicron variant that was detected in November and now accounts for almost three-quarters of active cases.
In Britain the transport industries were dealing with a shortage of staff as workers are infected with Covid-19, so they have to do quarantine.
France and Great Britain have registered massive infections and plan to impose new restriction measures.
Families get together at Christmas
Despite the dismal numbers, it has been reported that millions of Americans continue with travel plans, in a second season with a pandemic.
New York will drastically limit the number of people allowed in Times Square for the traditional New Year’s Eve celebration, in response to the surge in new Covid-19 cases.
The President Joe Biden next week will lift travel restrictions in eight southern African countries imposed last month over concerns about the Omicron variant and the Christmas holidays.
For the second year in a row, the pandemic caused by Covid-19 has overshadowed the flights traditional for family gatherings, however the vaccination has allowed, unlike the festivities of 2019, that millions of people could meet.
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