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Dec 24, 2021
Giulia Heyward and Yan Zhuang Dec 24, 2021 – 4.43pm Share Thousands of would-be travellers received the same troubling message Thursday: a last-minute cancellation of their Christmas Eve flight because of the recent spike of omicron cases. United Airlines cancelled at least 131 flights scheduled to leave dozens of US airports Friday — along with 28 more that were supposed to take off on Saturday, according to Flight Aware. Other airlines, including Delta, JetBlue and Allegiant, did the same. In Australia, hundreds of flights were also cancelled at airports in Sydney and Melbourne as coronavirus cases in the country surged to their highest since the start of the pandemic. Multiple Jetstar flights have been cancelled on Christmas Eve after crew members were forced into isolation due to COVID19 requirements. Nine News The number of cancellations globally as of Thursday evening into Friday morning added up to more than 1500, the website showed. It was the latest blow to the holiday season caused by the new and highly transmissible omicron variant, which now accounts for more than 70 per cent of new coronavirus cases in the United States. Nearly 170,000 people are testing positive every day in the country, a 38 per cent increase over the past two weeks, according to The New York Times’ coronavirus tracker. Advertisement In its statement, United said that omicron’s “direct impact on our flight crews and the people who run our operation” led to the cancellations. Crew members had been calling in sick, according to spokesperson Joshua Freed, who said that United alerted customers as soon as it could. And while Freed said he doesn’t expect the airline it cancel more flights, it remained a possibility. “We are really managing this day by day,” he said. “There may be some more flight cancellations for Saturday. It’s possible.” A large number of our frontline team members are being required to test and isolate as close contacts. — Jetstar spokesperson Dozens of customers took to social media to air their grievances about the last-minute cancellations, including John Ferris who tweeted: “You’ve got be kidding me. And there are apparently no available flights for days. Ba humbug.” In its statement, the airline said it is working to rebook as many people as possible in time for the holidays. In Australia, which has recorded more than 500 omicron cases, many airline staff members are unable to work after being identified as close contacts of positive coronavirus cases, airline officials said. Under government requirements, they are required to isolate until they receive a negative coronavirus test, a process that usually takes at least 12 hours. Advertisement “A large number of our frontline team members are being required to test and isolate as close contacts given the increasing number of cases in the general community,” a spokesperson for Jetstar Airways said. “As a result, we have had to make some late adjustments to our schedule.” Eighty flights arriving at and departing on December 24 from Sydney had been cancelled, a spokesperson for the airport said, out of a total 500. According to Melbourne Airport’s flight-tracking website, more than 70 flights departing or arriving from the airport on December 24 had also been scrapped, out of 700 flights. Brisbane Airport also said that 45 flights had been cancelled.