© Reuters. People line up for the COVID-19 test in Times Square as the Omicron coronavirus continues to spread in Manhattan, New York City, US, December 26, 2021. REUTERS / Andrew Kelly
Author Humeyra Pamuk and Gabriella Borter
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. planes suspended more than 1,000 flights Sunday as crew members were suspended during the COVID-19 epidemic, much to the chagrin of thousands of Christmas travelers.
Commercial flights suspended 1,001 flights within, on or off the United States during the day, according to a report on the FlightAware.com website.
It was the third straight day of trauma and another ban was due because COVID-19 was on the rise, led by the widespread Omicron genre.
On Christmas day, all 997 visits were canceled and about 700 at Christmas. Thousands more were delayed all three days.
Enjoli Rodriguez, 25, of Delta Air Lines Inc (NYSE :). a flight from Los Angeles to Lexington, Kentucky, suspended for Christmas due to a shortage of staff due to COVID, was one of the thousands that went missing Sunday.
Delta repatriated Rodriguez on an evening flight to Detroit, but the flight was delayed by hours so they missed contact with Lexington.
Speaking from Detroit airport on Sunday, Rodriguez said he was surrounded by angry passengers, frustrated airline passengers and families with young children in limbo because several times suspended or delayed.
Rodriguez told Reuters: “I’ve met a lot of people sharing their scary stories here. We’re just sitting in Michigan, Detroit, going to different places,” Rodriguez told Reuters. sleepless, a journey of many days.
The Christmas holiday, the longest travel season, coincides with the rapid spread of the Omicron species.
Disease has risen sharply in many parts of the country, and the New York Department of Health announced on Friday that it had recorded a “fourfold increase” in the number of patients receiving hospitalization of COVID-19 for children under the age of 18 from the week beginning December 5.
Due to the prevalence of the disease, pilots are forced to suspend flights with pilots and cabinet staff who are required to be isolated. Bad weather in other areas caused the problems.
“Cold weather in some parts of the U.S. and the Omicron continue to affect Delta vacation time,” a spokesman for the airline said in an email, adding that it was trying to “reschedule and change flights and staff to find customers where they should be. and as safe as they can be. ”
A White House official, who asked not to be named, said that despite the turmoil at airports, “we are in a better position than last Christmas” and said “only a few flights are affected.”
“But any suspension can be painful and delay the reunion with family and friends, which is why the Department of Transportation and the FAA are overseeing this,” the official said, referring to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Globally, FlightAware data showed that 2,617 flights were suspended and more than 10,500 were delayed, from 3:41 pm EST (2041 GMT) on Sunday.
United Airlines was due to suspend about 100 flights on Sunday, a spokesman said, adding that the company was working to rehabilitate those affected.
“Most importantly, 25% of customers whose flights were disrupted were able to reserve flights that allowed them to reach their destination earlier than they could have,” United spokesman Maddie King said in an email.
Winter was another factor that disrupted flights. A spokesman for Southwest Airlines (NYSE 🙂 said all of their bans were weather-related.
The U.S. airports most affected by the ban were in Seattle, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth and JFK International in New York.
Omicron was first detected in November and now accounts for about three-quarters of U.S. cases and about 90% elsewhere, such as Eastern Seaboard. The number of new U.S. coronavirus cases increased by 45% to 179,000 per day last week, according to Reuters.
Although recent research shows that Omicron produces less and less hospitalized diseases than it did in the past, health officials have remained cautious and say there is still much to learn from this change.
New York Health Practitioner Dr. Mary Bassett said “significant increase https://www.health.ny.gov/press/releases/2021/2021-12-24_health_advisory.htm” in a children’s hospital with COVID that the government has written over the past three weeks showed that urgent action is needed.
All children over the age of 5 should be fully vaccinated, he said, while those under 5 years of age should be protected by ensuring that those around them are safe through vaccination, exercise, masking, mass prevention and testing.
“The dangers of COVID-19 for children are real,” Bassett said in a statement. The state health department said the increase was concentrated in New York City and surrounding areas where Omicron is rapidly spreading.
It also said that in a recent week, no 5- to 11-year-olds were hospitalized for COVID who had been vaccinated. It did not specify the number of hospital admissions, or the seriousness of the charges.