More than 2,800 Flights Cancelled, 12,000 Delays Globally on Thursday, Flight Tracker Shows

© REUTERS / ELIJAH NOUVELAGEPassengers are seen at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. December 20, 2021.
Passengers are seen at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. December 20, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 30.12.2021
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - More than 2,800 flights were cancelled and nearly 12,000 more were delayed around the world on Thursday as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus caused staff shortages at airlines, the tracking website FlightAware showed.
"We strongly urge flyers with non-essential travel scheduled before January 2, 2022, to consider changing their travel to a later date using our flexible travel policy", the airline JetBlue said in a statement, encouraging passengers to think about rescheduling non-essential flights during the holidays.
JetBlue said it expects the number of cases to surge in the northeastern US, where most of its crew are based.
A Boeing 777X airplane takes off during its first test flight from the company's plant in Everett, Washington, U.S. January 25, 2020.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 29.12.2021
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Some 3,000 Flights Cancelled, 11,500 Delayed Worldwide on Tuesday
Along with the Omicron variant overrunning the United States and sickening flight crews, winter weather has caused numerous flight cancellations.
Health officials have acknowledged that the Omicron variant is more transmissible but the cases are mild and no deaths have so far been reported.
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