Airlines worldwide canceled thousands of flights on Sunday due to the surge in coronavirus cases caused by the Omicron variant.
Over 4,000 flights were confirmed canceled, and more than half were to, from, or within the United States, which include SkyWest and SouthWest, two of the airlines with the most cancellations, each with over 400 flights canceled.
The rapid spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant has led to a sharp increase in COVID-19 infections, creating staff shortages, forcing airlines to cancel flights as pilots and cabin crew quarantine.
Globally, more than 10,000 flights were delayed. while airlines were also wooing employees to ensure solid staffing.
However, some airline unions said that U.S. airline cabin crew, pilots, and support staff were reluctant to work overtime during the holidays, despite offers of hefty financial incentives, because many feared contracting COVID-19 and dealing with unruly passengers.
Transportation agencies across the United States announced that they were also suspending or reducing services due to coronavirus-related staff shortages.
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