January 26, 2022

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Omigran cancels 4,500 flights at Christmas due to advance: Trapped around the world

Until yesterday and today, airlines canceled about 4,500 flights worldwide and thousands of flights were delayed. All of this is due to a shortage of manpower due to the expansion of the Omigron variant of the Covit-19, according to the Flywear portal, which specializes in aviation.

The site revealed that about 2,300 flights were grounded on Christmas Eve and that the number of people who want to spend the holidays with their families will always be busy and about 2,200 flights will have to be rescheduled for Christmas and the 26th.

Omigron effect

The reason for the cancellation is similar to the new wave of corona virus caused by Ómicron, which is considered highly contagious, affecting the number of staff and staff at airports.

According to FlightAware, about 700 affected planes had their origin or destination in the United States, the country most severely affected by the epidemic and today the total number of infections exceeds 52 million, with more than 816,000 deaths.

The dominant variant in the United States

The Omigron variant is already dominating the United States, with an average of 188,000 daily positives and an epidemiological curve increasing over the past week.

“The peak of Omigron cases across the country this week has had a direct impact on our employees and the people who run our operations,” United Airlines explained, with more than 200 flights canceled yesterday.

According to Flightaware, Delta Air Lines canceled 260 flights due to corona virus and low levels of adverse weather.

“Delta groups have exhausted all options and resources,” the airline argued in a statement.

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Christmas at home

After being devastated by the 2020 Christmas epidemic, the cancellation frustrated many’s plans to spend the holidays with their families or to travel again during the final holidays of the year.

This situation was repeated to a lesser extent in the United Kingdom, Australia and China, where China Eastern canceled 480 flights, landing about 20% of scheduled flights and 15% of the total number of flights that Air China had to fly. .

Airlines Vs. Trade unions for flexibility effort

As for the United States, the situation also reveals a war between the managers of the major airlines and the unions.

In response to the pre-holiday chaos, airlines this week sent a letter to Rochelle Valensky, director of the American Center for Disease Control (CDC), asking them to ease the isolation period for vaccinated people. Virus for ten to five days.

Under pressure from a group of airlines representing Delta, the United States and the Americans, the Air Trade Union Confederation (AFA) sent a letter to Valensky asking him to plan ten days.

Santa Claus has no problem

However, these disruptions have had no effect on Santa’s travel plans, which the North American Space Defense Command (NORAD) has been following for 63 years.

NORAD Commander Lt. Gen. Eric Kenny said, “Santa Claus has been doing so well so far. He’s already been in it for hours and will do it all night.”

President Joe Biden and his wife Jill spoke with NORAD officials via video conference to “confirm” that Santa’s trip was going smoothly.

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