- United Airlines Holdings Inc. is canceling about 100 flights on Friday before Christmas.
- United stated that a jump in Omicron Covid-19 cases affects flight crews and ground personnel.
United Airlines Holdings Inc. is canceling about 100 flights on Friday before Christmas, while Delta Air Lines Inc. has cut over 90.
In an email on Thursday, United stated that a jump in Omicron Covid-19 cases affects flight crews and ground personnel. Delta said its cancellations were because of a combination of reasons, including but not limited to potential inclement weather in some places and the impact of Omicron.
“Delta teams have exhausted many options and resources — including rerouting and substitutions of aircraft and crews to cover scheduled flying before canceling around 90 flights for Friday,” Delta said in an emailed statement on Friday. The airline is operating nearly 3,100 flights on Friday.
The holidays are in the heaviest times for travel. The Transportation Security Administration estimated that Dec. 22 and 23 would be the busiest pre-Christmas travel dates nationally and locally, with Jan. 2 and 3 as the most crowded post-holiday travel.
“We’ve unfortunately had to cancel a few flights and are notifying impacted customers in advance of them coming to the airport,” United stated. “We’re sorry for the damage and are working hard to rebook as many people as possible and get them on their way for the holidays.”