COVID-related flight cancellations continue into new week

The growing number of Omicron cases continue to affect travel plans across the world.

According to BBC News, more than 1,400 flights were canceled around the world Monday morning.

BBC News quotes data tracking website FlightAware as saying that most of the canceled flights are in the United States and China.

In some cases, extreme weather conditions have disrupted flight schedules, but most cancellations in the United States are due to crew members testing positive or isolated.

Right now, the most affected US airlines appear to be United, with 84 cancellations, and JetBlue with 66.

Hong Kong, meanwhile, has banned all Korean Air flights to South Korea for two weeks, after positive cases among some arrivals.

In total, more than 8,000 thefts have been grounded since Friday.

This number of cancellations is higher than normal for the bank holiday weekend.

According to the BBC, in the UK, British Airways recorded 42 cancellations on Monday and London Heathrow Airport has 47 canceled flights.

US authorities are also monitoring dozens of cruise ships affected by coronavirus cases as they sailed in the country’s waters, several have been denied a port in the Caribbean, reports the AFP news agency.

The rise in COVID cases is largely due to the Omicron variant, according to health experts.

Last week, United Airlines warned that a spike in Omicron cases had created “a direct impact on our flight crews and the people who run our operations,” leading to the self-isolation of many employees who came into contact. with infected people.

In December, Johns Hopkins University reported that about 5.4 million people worldwide have died from complications from the coronavirus.