Over 8,000 flights canceled worldwide due to widespread distribution of the Omicron variant
More than 8,000 flights were canceled worldwide from Friday to Sunday due to the current COVID-19 situation which has prevailed for weeks now on the European continent and beyond in the world.
With the exception of the canceled flights, thousands more were delayed during the same period, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
Regarding canceled flights globally, CNN showed that around 6,000 flights were canceled only on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Of the total, 1,200 flights were canceled in the United States and 5,000 more were delayed.
The same revealed that European airlines have also suffered flight cancellations due to the record number of cases of infection with the COVID-19 variant Omicron. Lufthansa, the German airline, said that given the pandemic situation, the airline plans to cancel 10% of its winter flight schedule.
This means that from January to February 2022, around 33,000 flights will be canceled by the airline.
Regarding the current situation, Airport Council International (ACI) revealed that passenger traffic at European airports has decreased by 20% since the detection of the Omicron variant.
In addition, in addition to the drop in passenger traffic, load factors on flights to and from airports in the Member States of the European Union have fallen from 66% to 54%.
âBeyond the holiday season, there is no doubt that Omicron will weigh on passenger traffic in the first quarter of 2022. But the extent to which we need to revise our expectations will mainly depend on whether governments will continue to react instinctively or not, “ ACI Europe Managing Director Olivier Jankovec said.
Except for problems caused by the airline industry, the spread of the Omicron variant has also caused shortages of bus and train workers.
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Even though the spread of the Omicron variant was not so severe during its initial stages, the majority of countries have now reported dramatically increased cases of infection, leading to overcrowding in hospitals.
For this reason, in order to avoid further spread, a large part of the countries have imposed entry restrictions that also apply to those traveling by air, resulting in flight cancellations.
According to data provided by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), a total of 34,911 cases of Omicron infection have been reported worldwide as of December 19. Among them, 4,691 cases of infection have been recorded in the European Union and the European Economic Area. Zoned.
Norway (2,060), Denmark (726), Germany (249) and Estonia (242) reported the highest infection rates.