united:  Air travellers’ woes continue: Over 1,000 US flights among 2,500 cancelled globally – Times of India

united: Air travellers’ woes continue: Over 1,000 US flights among 2,500 cancelled globally – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Air travellers continued to face problems even after the Christmas weekend with the flight cancellations spilling over to Monday. Over 2,500 flights were cancelled globally, including around 1,000 in the United States as Omicron cases continue to rise, forcing crews to isolate and travellers to seek other forms of travel.
Chinese airlines were among the top carriers to cancel their flights. Of the 2,601 cancellations till 11.30 pm IST, 423 flights belonged to China Eastern airline and 198 to Air China, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.
Among the US airlines, United Airlines cancelled 93 flights, American Airlines 82, Delta Air Lines 73 and jetBlue called off 66 flights on Monday after nixing thousands during the Christmas holiday weekend. As many as 1003 flights were cancelled within, into, or out of the US, a tally on flight-tracking website FlightAware showed till 11.30 pm IST.
Meanwhile, a total of 8,472 flights were delayed worldwide, including 2,849 within, into, or out of the United States.
Some 11,000 flights have been scrapped worldwide since Friday, and tens of thousands more delayed, during one of the year’s busiest travel periods.
Effects rippled worldwide this week, with another 838 flights already cancelled on Tuesday, including 75 in the US, according to flight tracker FlightAware.
In the United States, cases are already on track to reach record highs in January, fuelled by large pockets of unvaccinated residents as well as lack of access to quick and easy testing.
President Joe Biden said Monday some US hospitals could be “overrun”, but that the country is generally well prepared to meet the latest surge and Americans needn’t “panic”.
In a virtual meeting hosted by the White House with a couple dozen state governors and top health advisors, Biden stressed that the rapid spread of the Omicron variant would not have the same impact as the initial outbreak of Covid-19 a year ago or the Delta surge this year.
“Omicron is a source of concern, but it should not be a source of panic,” he said.
As per Reuters, shares of American Airlines Group Inc, United Airlines Holdings Inc, Delta Air Line Inc and Southwest Airlines Co also went down between 2% and 3% in trading before the opening bell.
With rising infections, airlines have been forced to cancel flights, with pilots and cabin crew needing to quarantine, while poor weather in some areas added to travellers’ woes.
Meanwhile, Cruise operators Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd and Carnival Corp were also down between 1.3% and 2.4%.
Over the weekend, at least three cruise ships were forced to return to port after Covid-19 cases were detected on board, according to media reports.
Travel firms Booking Holdings Inc, Airbnb Inc , Expedia Group Inc and Tripadvisor Inc were all down between 0.6% and 1.8%.
(With inputs from agencies)


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