December 26. The holiday season travel stress has only escalated amid the rise of the omicron variant. Several airlines are reporting staff shortages from the spread of the coronavirus, leaving passengers with delayed or canceled flights.
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According to the flight tracker Flight Aware, 997 flights within, into or out of the United States were canceled on Christmas. Another 888 flights have been canceled so far on Sunday. They’re among the more than 5,000 flights canceled worldwide this weekend.
Hundreds of the delayed and canceled flights are coming from China Eastern and Air China, but U.S.-based airlines such as Delta, United and JetBlue are also seeing high cancellation numbers.