Hundreds of Flights Canceled on Christmas Eve Amid Surge in Omicron Variant

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(FOX NEWS) – Travelers are having a rough Christmas Eve at the airport due in part to the coronavirus omicron variant.

According to Flight Aware, United Airlines has canceled 170 flights scheduled for Friday, about 9% of its planned schedule, and about 90 that were slated for Saturday.

FOX Business has identified 21 instances where United Airlines cancellations on Christmas Eve are directly attributed to the coronavirus, stating that staffing issues have caused the cancellation.

For a flight from Denver to Newark scheduled for Friday, for example, the following message is shown on the United Airlines website: “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.”

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