ATLANTA – Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines said flight cancellations will continue through the weekend after airlines across the country were forced to land flights.
Delta said on Saturday afternoon that they canceled a total of 344 flights on Christmas Day.
Delta had canceled 331 flights at 11.00 on Christmas Eve, and another 300 are expected to be canceled on Sunday.
Almost 10% of all flights to and from Atlanta have been affected.
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Nationally, more than 500 flights were canceled on Christmas Eve and more than 240 were canceled on Christmas Day. Nearly 1,000 flights in the United States were also delayed on Friday.
The cancellations are across the airlines Delta, United, Jet Blue and Alaska
Delta said a combination of problems forced the cancellations, including the impact of the omicron variant and bad weather in some parts of the country.
Channel 2s Christian Jennings was at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Friday, where more than 40 departures were canceled.
The airport was full of frustrated travelers trying to get out of town on vacation.
Deborah Burris said her United plane was canceled on Christmas Eve morning, leaving her and several others stranded and desperately trying to figure out their next move.
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Burris was to spend two weeks in Ghana, a special trip she and others had planned for a year.
“The whole trip has been canceled,” Burris said. “We do not know how it happened. We do not know why it happened. “
Burris said she heard the cancellation was due to COVID-19 staffing issues.
“The nationwide increase in omicron cases this week has had a direct impact on our flight crews and the people operating our operations,” United said in a statement. “As a result, we have unfortunately had to cancel some flights. We apologize to our customers for the delay in their holiday travel plans. “
Delta said in a statement that officials used all their capabilities, including redirecting and replacing aircraft and crews to cover flights, before canceling flights.
Sunday told travelers Channel 2s Elizabeth Rawlins that they arrived at the airport without knowing if and when their plane would get off the ground.
“We were notified two days ago that our plane was hit. When we were bumped, we noticed that I was actually bumped into a completely different plane with a connection, so we were actually separated, said traveler Dayne Robinson.
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