Thousands of worldwide flights were canceled because of staffing problems tied to COVID-19 on Sunday, Dec. 26. As the traveling difficulties continue into the new year, there is no clear indication when regular schedules will return.
FlightAware indicator displays more than 700 flights were canceled into, out of, or flying inside the United States. On Saturday, that number was almost 1,000.
Several airlines have blamed the omicron variant of the coronavirus for having to cancel flights because they didn’t have enough people to work on them.
People at United told Maddie King that omicron’s effect on staffing was not what they thought it would be.
FlightAware said about 2,200 flights were canceled around the world on Sunday morning, down from more than 2,800 the day before. The website doesn’t convey why flights aren’t going.
JetBlue canceled 10% of its flights on Sunday, Delta canceled 5%, United canceled 4%. On Saturday, the three airlines canceled more than 10% of their scheduled flights.
Derek Walls, a spokesman for American Airlines, said that the Christmas cancellations were caused by people getting sick because of the virus.
During the second Christmas after the outbreak of COVID-19, sales rose at the fastest rate in 17 years, even though people had to pay more for things and there were not enough products.
Mastercard Spending Pulse, which tracks all kinds of payments, including cash and debit cards, said that holiday sales rose 8.5% as against last year on Sunday. People were spending more money this year.
During the rise of the omicron variant, there have been a lot of demands for tests, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he was frustrated with the current limited supply for COVID-19 tests.
“We’ve obviously got to do better, I think things will improve greatly as we get into January, but that doesn’t help us today and tomorrow,” Fauci told ABC anchor Jonathan Karl on “This Week.”
Fauci said he was happy with the evidence that omicron isn’t as bad and deadly; still, if people don’t keep an eye on the spread, it could “override a real diminution in severity.”