A lot of people go to see their loved ones for Christmas, but some people have discovered that there has been a change of plans. Many airlines have canceled flights due to weather conditions and the Omicron variant.
On Christmas Eve, global airlines canceled more than 2,200 flights. Over 500 of them were scheduled inside or outside the United States.
Several major airlines have said they had to cancel hundreds of Christmas Eve flights after crew members contracted the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
The variant became the dominant strain of the coronavirus within weeks. And airlines are warning flights could be canceled throughout the weekend.
“We are picking up my son who was deployed for a year in Iraq,” said Jessica Treiber, who was expecting Friday to pick up her son from the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport.
The airport offers flights with Alaska, American and United airlines.
“We were very concerned about the delays. It’s arrived from Dallas, Texas, all the way here and the first thing we did this morning was get up and make sure there was no delay. And we kept checking to make sure there was an actual start, ”Treiber said.
Paul Rehn was supposed to fly to Santa Barbara from Phoenix, Arizona, but there was a delay.
“We found him at the door. So, you know, we were getting updates at the gate as to when and what was going on. And after that, they gave us the choice between taking the risk or taking another flight, ”explained Rehn.
He was able to get another flight to San Luis Obispo and land on Christmas Eve, instead of Christmas Day.
United Airlines canceled about 177 flights on Friday, Alaska Airlines canceled 11, and American Airlines canceled 16, according to FlightAware.com
“And they basically said to us, well, if you check in too late you’re not going to catch the flight.” But we don’t know when it’s going to happen, so I’m just going to stand in line, ”Rehn said.
Treiber’s son did not encounter any problems.
“And so he didn’t have any delays, but we were really worried. So he arrived on time, ”she said.
Delta Airlines on Friday canceled more than 150 flights, out of around 3,100 scheduled flights.
But Treiber’s son was able to come home for Christmas.
“So when he was deployed to Iraq, his daughter was two months old. And now you know, she’s 14 months old, so it’s coming back from being a tiny little baby to a little girl now. So it was really cool to see her see him and meet him and him to see her grow up, ”Treiber said.
Delta Airlines also warned of cancellations for Saturday and Sunday. There could be more than 150 canceled flights per day.
Airlines recommend that people check their reservations for updates.