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Thousands of flights cancelled globally due to Omicron fear

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The Omicron variant of the coronavirus led to the cancellations of thousands of flights worldwide.

Worldwide, more than 5,700 flights have been canceled around Christmas and thousands more delayed, according to the tracking website FlightAware.

At least 37 flights were also canceled at the Schiphol airport as of Sunday morning. The cancellations concern 26 departures and 11 arrivals;

13 from the airline company EasyJet, ten by KLM and a handful of KLM codeshare flights were also affected reporting by ANP and NL Times.

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Pilots, flight attendants and other personnel called in sick or quarantined after exposure to the coronavirus.

Airlines that were heavily affected include Lufthansa, Delta and United Airlines. United had to cancel around 10 percent of their scheduled flights during one of the peak periods.

Total delays today:  207
Total delays within, into, or out of the United States today:  0
Total cancellations today:  888
Total cancellations within, into, or out of the United States today:  140

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