Hundreds of Christmas Eve flights canceled due to COVID-19

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Posted at 7:15 PM, Dec 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-23 21:21:43-05

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.

This story was originally reported by Sydney Isenberg on