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Holiday travel chaos as Delta, United and other airlines cancel hundreds of flights due to Covid staff shortage

DELTA and United canceled hundreds of flights on Friday due to the omicron variant of Covid leading to staff shortages.

Both airlines said they had to cancel dozens of flights over Christmas Eve because of staff shortages related to omicrons.

Passengers are seen at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this week

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Passengers are seen at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this week
Cars line up to pick up passengers arriving at Pittsburgh International Airport on Thursday

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Cars line up to pick up passengers arriving at Pittsburgh International Airport on Thursday

United canceled 169 flights and Delta canceled 127 flights, according to FlightAware.

Germany-based Lufthansa said on Friday that it had canceled a dozen long-haul transatlantic flights over Christmas holiday because of the “huge increase” in the number of pilots taking sick leave.

The canceled flights to Houston, Boston and Washington took place despite a “large number of additional staff” during this time.

The airline said it could not speculate on whether a COVID-19 infection or quarantine was responsible because it was not informed of the type of illness. Passengers who have booked seats on other flights.

Expert studies have shown that the risk of severe illness from Covid-19 is reduced by 90% or more in fully vaccinated people.

While there have been breakthrough cases of Covid in vaccinated people, they are rare.

In the event of a breakthrough case, it is highly unlikely that the victim will be hospitalized with severe symptoms or die from the virus.

Health officials have recommended that the Omicron variant is more infectious and could lead to further breakout cases.

However, the spread could be offset by all vaccinated Americans getting a booster shot.

Current vaccines are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalization, and death from infection with the Omicron variant.

With other variants, like Delta, the vaccine is still effective in preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death.

Studies have also shown that side effects from vaccines are extremely rare.

Source: Centers for Disease Control.

Lufthansa said in a statement that “we have planned a very large buffer for the holiday. But this is not enough due to the high proportion of people coming to the clinic”.

“This week’s spike in omicron cases has had a direct impact on our fleet and the people running our operations,” United said in a statement to several news outlets.

The airline added: “As a result, we have unfortunately had to cancel a number of flights and are notifying affected customers in advance of their arrival at the airport.”

The airline said it was working to re-register as many people as possible.

Delta said it was canceling flights Friday because of the effects of omicrons and the possibility of bad weather after it had “exhausted all options and resources – including rerouting and replacing aircraft and crew to carry out scheduled flights”.

The airline said in a statement to several outlets that it was trying to get passengers to their destinations quickly.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian is among those who have called on the Biden administration to take similar steps or risk further disruption to air travel.

On Thursday, USA shortening COVID-19 isolation rules for healthcare workers only.

Delta canceled flights on Friday

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Delta canceled flights on Friday

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