Travelers trying to get home for the holidays are having a rough time of it, to say the least.
Cancellations, almost all of which are being blamed on COVID, are destroying many American’s travel plans this winter.
United Airlines cancelled over 330 flights on just Christmas Eve and Christmas, and other airlines aren’t much better. Fox has identified at least 21 instances where the United cancellations were caused by a staff shortage as a result of COVID.
Customers are showing up for the flights on United, only to be greeted by a message saying “Your flight is canceled due to an increase in Covid cases limiting crew availability. We’re sorry for disrupting your holiday plans and for the inconvenience.”
Delta is cancelling even more flights than United, with over 400 on December 24 and 25 being shut down.
“We apologize to our customers for the delay in their holiday travel plans. Delta people are working hard to get them to where they need to be as quickly and as safely as possible on the next available flight,” a Delta employee said. “Flight cancellations are due to a combination of issues, including but not limited to, potential inclement weather in some areas and the impact of the Omicron variant.”
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