Omigron-related disruptions could lead to the cancellation of 4,000 flights in 2022

On December 2, 2021, a passenger waits for his flight into Terminal 2 at the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport in Roissy-en-France, near Paris. REUTERS / Sarah Meyssonnier / File Photo

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January 2 (Reuters) – More than 4,000 flights around the world were canceled on Sunday, with more than half of them adding to the number of holiday weekend travel disruptions due to an increase in corona virus cases caused by adverse weather and omigron variations.

According to the surveillance website FlightAware.com, more than 2,400 people boarded and disembarked flights from GMT by 8pm on Sunday. More than 11,200 flights worldwide were delayed.

Skywest was among the most canceled airlines (SKYW.O) And southwest (LUV.N), With 510 and 419 cancellations, respectively, FlightAware showed.

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The Christmas and New Year holidays are usually the peak time for air travel, but the rapid spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant has led to a sharp increase in COVID-19 infections, forcing pilots and cabin crew to cancel isolated flights. read more

Transportation companies across the United States are also suspending or reducing services due to staff shortages related to the corona virus.

Omigron has brought record numbers around the world and has dampened New Year celebrations. read more

The increase in US COVID cases has led some companies to change plans to increase the number of employees working in their offices from Monday.

U.S. officials registered at least 346,869 new corona viruses on Saturday, according to Reuters. The COVID-19 death toll in the United States has risen at least 377 to 828,562.

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US Airline cabin crew, pilots and support staff were reluctant to work overtime during the holidays, despite being offered higher financial benefits. Many fear the Govt-19 infection and do not welcome the opportunity to handle unruly passengers, some airlines said.

In the months leading up to the holiday, as the epidemic engulfed the industry, airlines were recruiting employees to secure firm employees after thousands had been laid off or laid off in the past 18 months.

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Kanishka Singh Report in Bangalore; Editing by Kevin Liffey, Mark Porter and Daniel Wallis

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