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Over 2,000 flights canceled globally as travel disruption continues amid Omicron soar

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Of the nearly 2,200 canceled flights, more than 700 were within, to or from the United States, according to FlightAware. More than 3,000 flights are delayed.

Globally, airlines have canceled more than 6,000 flights on Christmas Eve, Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. In the United States, more than 1,200 flights have been canceled and more than 5,000 were delayed on Sunday alone as staff and crew call in sick.

Cancellations occur at the busiest time of the year for air travel. The U.S. Transportation Safety Administration said it screened millions of people every day over the public holiday weekend, peaking at 2.19 million travelers on Thursday, December 23. More people passed through TSA checkpoints on Wednesday than on the same day in 2019.

Air travel was slower on Saturday due to flight cancellations: more than 1.53 million people passed through security checkpoints on Saturday.

United airlines (UAL) said last week he had had to cancel hundreds of flights because he lacked crew members to safely complete all of his scheduled routes.

“The national peak of Omicron cases this week has had a direct impact on our flight crews and the people who run our operations,” said a note from United obtained by CNN.

Delta (DAL) said he was working to get all stranded travelers home as quickly as possible.

“We apologize to our customers for the delay in their vacation travel plans,” Delta said in a statement. “The folks at Delta are working hard to get them where they need to be as quickly and safely as possible on the next available flight.”

German airline Lufthansa has announced it will cancel 10% of its winter flight program as the pandemic continues to hit the aviation industry.

In an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung last week, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said that due to a “sharp drop in bookings” the airline will have to cancel 33,000 flights from mid-January to February 2022, i.e. 10% of the group’s winter flight program.

Spohr’s comments were confirmed to CNN by the Lufthansa press office.

– CNN’s Pete Muntean contributed to this report

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