A third of Ryanair’s planned flights for next month have been cancelled because of Omicron-related concerns, according to a report.
The top US airlines, like JetBlue, American, and Delta, had to cancel a lot of flights over the last week because of staffing shortages and seasonal weather problems.
Another 173 flights scheduled for Thursday have been cancelled by JetBlue. That’s about 17% of the flights the company had planned. Another 50 flights are going to be late.
FlightAware says that so far on Thursday, more than 1,000 flights inside, outside, or into or out of the United States have been cancelled.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cut the recommended isolation time for people with asymptomatic COVID-19 cases from 10 days to five days this week. This is down from the previous recommendation of 10 days.
Delta and JetBlue, two of the biggest airlines in the world, lobbied for a reduced isolation threshold for people who had been vaccinated. They said this was necessary because Omicron was causing staffing problems.