Air travel remained severely disrupted in the United States on Saturday, as unfavorable weather in several parts of the country added to the turmoil in global skies due to the outbreak of COVID-19 cases linked to the Omicron variant.
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2,660 flights have been canceled in the US since the start of the day, more than half of the 4,617 canceled globally, around 7:30 p.m. (00:30 GMT), according to the FlightAware website.
In addition, 4,798 domestic flights to and from the United States were delayed or delayed on Saturday, out of a total of 9,432 flights for the day worldwide.
According to the site, the most affected US airline is SkyWest, which had to cancel 23% of its flight plan.
Aux États-Unis, les aéroports de Chicago (nord) étaient particulièrement concerns, avec environ la moitié des vols en partant ou y arrivant annulés, à cause de conditions météo difficiles, une tempête de attend neige étant étant At night.
And passengers should know another complicated day on Sunday, the day after the Christmas holiday: The site reported 1,175 US flights were canceled, and 2,134 flights around the world.
Global air transport continues to be seriously disrupted by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, which is highly contagious. Many pilots and cabin crew members are absent after contracting Covid-19, or are in contact and thus in quarantine, forcing companies, which do not have enough staff to guarantee flights, to cancel them.
Airlines around the world canceled about 7,500 flights over the Christmas weekend.
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