The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday warned that even more flights could be canceled as its air traffic control staff are hit by COVID, even as airlines themselves nix thousands of flights because of staff felled by the Omicron variant.
In a statement, the FAA said an increasing number of its employees are testing positive for the virus, CNN reports, which could force it to implement health and cleaning procedures that will reduce the number of available flights.
‘To maintain safety, traffic and volume at some facilities could be reduced, which might result in delays during busy periods,’ the administration warned.
The FAA doesn’t actually schedule flights – but its vital role in organizing air traffic across the US means that airlines would be forced to ax flights if there aren’t enough controllers available to manage the skies safely.
Americans throughout the country are already facing thousands of cancelations, with more than 11,000 flights canceled since Christmas Eve, and more than 1,000 flights already scrapped from Saturday’s and Sunday’s schedules in anticipation of ongoing staff sickness.
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Source: Daily Mail