7:25 am: Almost 8,000 flights canceled worldwide over Christmas weekend
Around 7,900 flights were canceled by airlines across the world over Christmas weekend, with the Omicron variant of Covid-19 continuing its meteoric rise during the holidays, including among flight attendants, contaminated or exposed to the virus.
In addition to the thousands of canceled international or domestic air routes, tens of thousands of flights were delayed between Friday and Sunday. The disruptions are expected to continue on Monday (at least 800 flights threatened with cancellations) and Tuesday (170 at this point).
The pandemic has notably resulted in a shortage of flight personnel. Pilots, flight attendants and other staff have had to be quarantined after being exposed to Covid. Companies such as Lufthansa, Delta, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, JetBlue and even British Airways have therefore been forced to cancel flights.