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Thousands of flights canceled globally as Omicron disrupts Christmas atmosphere
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Commercial airlines around the world canceled more than 4,500 flights over the Christmas weekend after a growing wave of COVID-19 infections

Commercial airlines around the world canceled more than 4,500 flights over the Christmas weekend after a growing wave of COVID-19 infections driven by the omicron mutant added to uncertainty and hardship for holiday travelers.

The FlightAware website reported that airlines worldwide canceled at least 2,401 flights on Friday, which falls on Christmas Eve, which is usually a busy day for air travel. About ten thousand more flights were delayed.

The site said that 1,799 Christmas Day flights were canceled around the world, in addition to another 402 flights that were scheduled for Sunday.

Commercial air traffic to and from the United States accounts for more than a quarter of all weekend flights.

COVID-19 infections in the United States have surged in recent days due to the rapidly spreading mutant Omicron, which was first detected in November and now accounts for nearly three-quarters of infections in the United States and up to 90 percent in some areas such as the East Coast.

A Reuters statistic stated that the average number of new infections with the Corona virus in the United States rose 45 percent to 179,000 cases per day during the past week. The (Flight Aware) website stated that airlines worldwide canceled at least 2401 flights yesterday, Friday, which falls on the eve of Eid. Christmas is usually a busy day for air travel. About ten thousand more flights were delayed.

The site said that 1,799 Christmas Day flights were canceled around the world, in addition to another 402 flights that were scheduled for Sunday.

Commercial air traffic to and from the United States accounts for more than a quarter of all weekend flights.

COVID-19 infections in the United States have surged in recent days due to the rapidly spreading mutant Omicron, which was first detected in November and now accounts for nearly three-quarters of infections in the United States and up to 90 percent in some areas such as the East Coast.

A Reuters statistic stated that the average number of new infections with the Corona virus in the United States rose 45 percent to 179,000 cases per day during the past week.