ROUNDUP 2: Travel to the festival quiet – flight cancellations due to sick pilots
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BERLIN / WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) – Christmas travel in Germany ran without major disruptions this year. The situation on Deutsche Bahn trains and at the airports remained relatively calm over the holidays. However, several airlines around the world had to cancel flights because too many pilots reported sick. The USA in particular was affected.
On Sunday, Deutsche Bahn drew an initial positive balance of this year’s Christmas travel. “The Christmas traffic on the railway has been running smoothly so far,” said a company spokesman on Sunday. Most travelers were expected on Sunday evening and Monday. According to Deutsche Bahn, the number of bookings is higher than last year, but still 35 to 40 percent below the pre-Corona level. On Thursday, the first day of vacation in most federal states, as expected, more travelers used the Deutsche Bahn trains.
This year there will be a good 550,000 seats in Christmas traffic – 50,000 more than a year ago. From Wednesday to January 2, Deutsche Bahn has been using special trains on connections that are in high demand, for example between Berlin and Stuttgart or Munich and between Cologne, Düsseldorf and Berlin.
At the major airports in the Federal Republic of Germany, operations went as smoothly as possible. Even on Boxing Day, everything was going well at the largest German airport in Frankfurt, said a spokesman for the operator Fraport (Fraport share)
According to a spokeswoman, Christmas traffic at the Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt (BER) airport was also “relaxed and calm” – despite low temperatures: operations on Sunday mornings started at frosty temperatures of -12 degrees. The runways were de-iced without any problems. 95,000 passengers took off and landed from Friday to Sunday, said the spokeswoman. Most of the passengers would have prepared well for their trip and the Corona rules and would have had the necessary documents ready.
The airport company expects a bigger crowd again on January 2nd, the last day of the holiday in Berlin and Brandenburg. Again around 45,000 passengers are expected. For comparison: on the peak days during the autumn holidays, around 60,000 passengers traveled via BER. There were long queues there, mainly due to staff shortages and more complex check-in processes during the pandemic.
Air traffic at Munich Airport increased somewhat on Boxing Day. Around 620 take-offs and landings are planned, said a spokesman on Sunday. The day before it was around 500. More will be flown again than in the previous year with the extensive lockdown. “But of course we are still a long way from before the pandemic.” The controls, in particular of vaccination and recovery certificates, as well as test reports, which initially caused delays, had worked, said the spokesman.
In the USA, on the other hand, many people’s holiday travel plans were thwarted: Large US airlines canceled hundreds of flights because of the Omikron variant. There were thousands of flight cancellations worldwide
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– The USA in particular was affected. According to CNN, they were from
the cancellations on Christmas Eve and the two Christmas holidays affected around 1700 flights within, to or from the USA. CNN relies on the flight data website Flight Aware. In the USA, the Omikron variant is now dominant – the number of corona cases has recently skyrocketed.
On Saturday alone, the US airline Delta canceled almost 370 flights and justified this not only with Omikron but also with winter weather in parts of the USA. More than 300 flights should be canceled again on Sunday. “The nationwide accumulation of Omikron cases this week has had a direct impact on our flight crews and the employees who run our operations,” said United airline.
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