Travelers wait for their flights at Miami International Airport on December 23, 2021 in Miami, Florida. AAA estimates that over 109 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more during the holiday season between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2, an increase of 27.7% from 2020. LEHTIKUVA / Getty Images / AFP

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Almost 2,500 flights have been cancelled and nearly 5,200 flights have been delayed worldwide on Tuesday as a result of health officials 'and airlines' concerns about the coronavirus Omicron variant, according to the tracking website FlightAware.

A day earlier, a total of 12,528 delayed flights and 2,959 cancelled flights were reported with airlines and airports in the United States, accounting for nearly a half of all the delays and cancellations worldwide, Flightradar24 data showed.

Similarly, air travellers in the United States saw a rash of flight disruptions with 2,513 flights cancelled on Sunday and 2,850 on Saturday as a significant number of the staff called in sick.

US media reported that Monday was "horrible" for air travellers amid the Holidays celebrations during the Christmas weekend when airlines cancelled more than 6,000 flights worldwide on Saturday.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the current seven-day moving average of daily new cases reached 122,297 - an increase of 1.5% compared with the previous period.

However, the health authorities in the United States and throughout the world have acknowledged that the Omicron variant cases are mild and no deaths have so far been reported.

Source: ANI / Sputnik