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Travelers wander through Terminal E of Logan Airport in Boston on Tuesday, December 21, 2021. At least three major airlines say they canceled dozens of flights on Friday, December 24th because illnesses, largely related to the Omicron variant of COVID-19, severely affected flight crew numbers during the busy vacation travel season.



Airlines Christmas cancellations

Leisure travelers line up at the security checkpoint at Pittsburgh International Airport in Imperial, Pennsylvania on Thursday, December 23, 2021. At least three major airlines say they canceled dozens of flights on Friday, December 24th, mainly due to illnesses linked to the Omicron variant of COVID-19, which severely affected flight crew numbers during the busy vacation travel season.



Airlines Christmas cancellations

Travelers wait in line in Boston to be tested for COVID-19 at Logan Airport on Tuesday, December 21, 2021. At least three major airlines say they canceled dozens of flights on Friday, December 24, because illnesses, largely related to the Omicron variant of COVID-19, severely affected flight crew numbers during the busy vacation travel season.



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A Denver traveler pulls a ski bag on Friday, December 24, 2021, on the way to the United Airlines check-in counter in a terminal at Denver International Airport. Major airlines canceled hundreds of flights on Friday as staff shortages are largely related to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.



Airlines Christmas cancellations

A man looks at the departure board of Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City on Friday, December 24, 2021. At least three major airlines say they canceled dozens of flights because illnesses, largely related to the Omicron variant of COVID-19, severely affected flight crew numbers during the busy vacation travel season.



Airlines Christmas cancellations

Travelers wait at the Southwest Airlines check-in counter in the Denver International Airport terminal in Denver on Friday, December 24, 2021. More than 200 flights have been canceled by Denver International airlines as COVID-19 issues created labor shortages.

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Airlines canceled hundreds more flights on Sunday, citing staffing issues related to COVID-19 as the nation’s travel problems stretched beyond Christmas with no clear indication of when normal flight schedules would resume.

More than 700 flights entering, leaving or flying within the US have been canceled, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. That number had fallen from nearly 1,000 on Saturday. More than 50 flights have already been canceled for Monday.

Delta, United and JetBlue have blamed the Omicron variant of the coronavirus for staff shortages that led to cancellations.

“That was unexpected,” said United spokeswoman Maddie King of omicron’s impact on staffing levels.

Worldwide airlines canceled around 2,200 flights on Sunday morning, compared to more than 2,800 the previous day, as data from FlightAware showed. The website doesn’t say why flights are being canceled.

JetBlue scrapped 10% of its flights on Sunday. According to FlightAware, Delta canceled 5% and United 4%. The three airlines canceled more than 10% of their scheduled flights on Saturday.

American Airlines spokesman Derek Walls said the Christmas cancellations were due to virus-related illnesses.

With other pandemic developments, the nation’s Second Christmas Eve in the shadow of COVID-19 has spiked Christmas sales, which have grown at the fastest rate in 17 years, despite shoppers struggling with higher prices, product shortages, and the Omicron variant in recent weeks of the season, according to an expenditure measure.