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For third day, COVID-19 crimps Americans' holiday travels

2021-12-27 18:01 by


More than 2,800 flights have been canceled Monday as Covid cases surge across the globe. Of the more than 2,800 canceled flights, around 1,000 were within, into or out of the United States, according to FlightAware. Almost 11,000 flights are delayed.

It was the third straight day of pain for some Americans traveling over the weekend as the Christmas holidays, typically a peak time for travel, coincided with a rapid spread of the Omicron variant nationwide. Not all airlines - and therefore not all travelers - have suffered equally.

United Airlines, for instance, canceled 115 flights on Monday due to staffing issues related to Omicron cases - about 2.9% of its more than 4,000 scheduled flights, a spokesperson for the airline tells Fortune. (FlightAware put the number at 4%.)

American Airlines has also canceled about 2% of its flights on Monday so far. "Unfortunately a number of COVID-related sick calls led us to make the difficult decision to precancel some flights scheduled for today," an American Airlines spokesperson said in a statement to Fortune.

Severe winter weather in the Pacific Northwest is having a significant impact on Alaska's operations, the airline told Fortune. So far, Alaska canceled more than 248 flights from Seattle on Sunday and 120 flights throughout Monday.

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