(CNN Business) – Major US airlines canceled hundreds of flights this Sunday, the third consecutive day of mass cancellations and delays over the Christmas holidays, as staff and crew fell ill during the surge in flights. Cases by variable omicron.
So far, 825 flights have been canceled in the United States and another 2,460 were postponed on Sunday, according to FlightAware. Worldwide, there have been more than 2,000 cancellations. More than 100 cancellations for both Delta and JetBlue were canceled on Sunday.
According to the British newspaper, The Guardian, airlines around the world canceled more than 6000 flights on Christmas Eve, Christmas and the day after Christmas FlightAware. This includes about 1,700 flights in, out of, or out of the United States.
Operational problems are occurring at airlines as millions are still traveling despite an increase in coronavirus cases. The Transportation Security Administration says it screened 2.19 million people at airports across the country Thursday, the highest number since the increase in holiday travel began a week ago.
More than a thousand flights canceled in the United States
United Airlines said Thursday it had had to “cancel some flights” due to the Omicron type of coronavirus.
“The increase in the number of omicron cases nationwide this week has had a direct impact on our flight crews and the people who run our operations,” said the United memo obtained by CNN.
United canceled 201 flights on Friday, representing 10% of its total schedule, and 238 flights on Saturday, representing 12% of its total schedule, according to the flight tracking website. FlightAware.
United said it was “notifying affected customers prior to their arrival at the airport,” according to a company statement. “We apologize for the outage and are working hard to rebook as many people as possible and get them back on track for the holidays.”
Later Thursday night, Delta Air Lines also canceled its flights. According to FlightAware, the airline canceled 173 flights on Christmas Eve.
Delta said the cancellations are due to multiple problems, including the omicron variant.
“We apologize to our customers for the delay in their vacation travel plans,” Delta said in a statement. “The staff at Delta work hard to get you where you need to be, as fast and as safe as possible on the next available flight.”
In addition, JetBlue canceled 80 flights, or about 7% of its total schedule, the day before Christmas.
Alaska Airlines said in a statement that it canceled 17 flights due to Omicron on Thursday and canceled 11 flights on Friday.
Thousands of international flights canceled
According to FlightAware, Eastern China has canceled 474 flights, or 22% of its total operations. Similarly, Air China canceled about 190 flights, or 15% of its total schedule.
Air India, Shenzhen Airlines and Lion Air and Wings Air have also canceled dozens of flights.
Andy Rose, Sherif Paget, Ramisha Maarouf, Eric Levinson and Karma Hassan contributed to this report.