Thousands of travelers have received messages that their Christmas Eve flight has been canceled at the last minute due to the recent surge in Omicron cases.
In this context, an informed source said that United Airlines canceled more than 150 flights that were scheduled to leave dozens of airports on Friday, in addition to canceling 44 other flights that were supposed to take off on Saturday. Other airlines have also taken the same steps, including Delta, JetBlue and Allegiant
In a related development, Australian airports canceled dozens of flights in major cities in Sydney and Melbourne, due to the rise in cases of Corona virus in the country to its highest levels since the beginning of the epidemic.
The source stated that nearly 2,000 flights were canceled around the year during a short period due to the high incidence of infection with the new Corona mutant, Omicron.
Joshua Fried, a spokesman for United Airlines, said: "Omicron's direct impact on our flight crews and the people who run our operations" led to the cancellation, and the company notified customers as soon as it was able to do so.
"We're really getting through this day in and day out," said Fred. "There may be more flight cancellations for Saturday. It is also possible that airlines are working to rebook as many people as possible in time for holidays
It is worth noting that many customers have resorted to social media to express their complaints about this cancellation, according to what was published by Youm7 newspaper.