DENVER, Colo. (KMGH) — United Airlines and Delta Air Lines announced Thursday that they are forced to cancel Christmas Eve flights.
In a statement, United blamed the cancellations on staffing shortages due to COVID-19.
“The nationwide spike in omicron cases this week has had a direct impact on our flight crews and the people who run our operation,” the statement said. “As a result, we’ve unfortunately had to cancel some flights."
United said it's notifying customers in advance of them arriving at the airport. The airline added that it is working to re-book as many passengers as possible.
A spokesperson for Delta also said COVID-19 is causing staffing shortages, but added that potential weather problems are also to blame.
The cancellations couldn't come at a worse time. Millions of people are expected to travel for the holidays.