Canceled Holiday Flights Surpass 3,000 in Face of Staffing Issues

by Courtney Blackann
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If you’re traveling for the holidays, you may want to take notice. As COVID causes staffing issues, more than 3,000 flights worldwide have been canceled. This could cause a major headache to your plans this holiday season. Many people are experiencing frustrations as more and more flights continue to cancel their scheduled routes.

Further, among those flights were Delta, American, and United Airlines – each of whom said the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus was to blame for the last-minute cancellations.

In a statement from the company, United Airlines said “we’re seeing about 120 cancellations planned for Friday. The nationwide spike in Omicron cases this week has had a direct impact on our flight crews and the people who run our operation,” the airline said.

They went on to add:

“As a result, we’ve unfortunately had to cancel some flights and are notifying impacted customers in advance of them coming to the airport. We’re sorry for the disruption and are working hard to rebook as many people as possible and get them on their way for the holidays.”

What to Do If Your Flight is Cancelled

Additionally, Jet Blue has also canceled more than 50 flights, citing the latest variant of the Coronavirus.

“Whatever the risk was with delta, we would have to assume the risk would be two to three times greater with omicron, just as we’ve seen in other environments,” David Powell, physician and medical adviser to the International Air Transport Association, said to  Bloomberg News.

While this issue is incredibly frustrating, there’s not much people can do if their flights get canceled during the holidays. And we understand how irksome this plight is – trust us, we know there’s nothing worse than a flight being canceled.

However, if your flight is rescheduled or canceled, there are a few tips about what you can do.

Before losing your cool in the middle of the airport, read these tips:

  • Act quickly when you learn of a delay or cancellation.
  • Use pro tips to rebook your preferred itinerary.
  • Maintain a positive attitude with customer service personnel.
  • Get an airforce refund when it’s your best option.
  • Check credit cards for travel perks.
  • Count on your travel advisors assistance.
  • Consider using travel insurance to cover any additional costs. Sometimes they are not refundable.
  • Avoid checking your luggage to remain flexible. It’s hard enough to make sure your belongings are on the same flight.

And finally, when you do make it on your flight home, remember to be kind. It doesn’t cost you anything and more than likely everyone else is in the same position – we’re all just trying to do our best for the holidays. We hope you all stay safe and make it to your destination!

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