A growing number of airlines around the world have been forced to cancel flights on the eve of Christmas in spite of the rapidly spreading Omicron variant of COVID-19.
According to flight tracking website FlightAware, 2,000 flights have been canceled. Of those cancelled, at least 454 had been scheduled within or out of the US.
The China Eastern Airline also canceled 474 flights, which makes up 22 percent of its operation, according to FlightAware. Similarly, Air China canceled about 190 flights, which makes up 15 percent of its schedule.
The US’s Transportation Security Administration TSA said it screened 2.19 million people at airports across the country on Thursday.
The United Airlines (UAL) said it had to cancel some flights because of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19. On Thursday night, Delta Air Lines (DAL) also canceled flights. The airline has canceled 130 Christmas Eve flights, according to FlightAware.
Furthermore, the Indian Airline (Air India) has canceled 160 flights.
Shenzhen Airlines, Lion Air and Wings Air all canceled dozens of flights as well, according to FlightAware.
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