Christmas plans take a hit as flights are canceled leaving numerous passengers in anxiety about being abandoned
The holiday season has been tossed into some mayhem later Christmas Eve flights across Australia were canceled, leaving some dreading they being caught in the wrong parts of the country as they endeavored to return home to their friends and family.
A few flights were canceled later crew members from Jetstar and Virgin were constrained into COVID-19 isolation.
The Melbourne and Sydney route was most exceedingly awful hit, with around a dozen Virgin flights and around 10 Jetstar flights canceled on Friday.
More flights were canceled to Brisbane, Adelaide and Hobart.
Travelers took to social media to suddenly erupt at the airlines, guaranteeing they had been left in the dark.
“I feel like screaming,” one Twitter user wrote.
“Daughter in Sydney did all the right things. Double vacc, boostered, PCR test, Qld border pass. Jetstar just canceled her flight to Bris. No explanation.”
In a statement, Jetstar said a “large number” of their frontline laborers were having to test and isolate as COVID-19 close contacts in Sydney and Melbourne, constraining a few “late adjustments”.
“We appreciate the frustration this causes, especially as customers are traveling for Christmas, and sincerely apologize for the impact these changes are having on travel plans,” the statement read.
“We are working to minimize any delays and re-accommodating passengers on flights as close as possible to their original departure times across both Jetstar and Qantas services.”
Virgin Australia is additionally reported to have rolled out certain improvements to its schedule.
The two airlines let 9News know that they reached all travelers on Thursday night at the most recent and were getting them on free substitution flights.
Qantas cancelled few flights, yet it is perceived this was because of absence of demand.
Different travellers have been left abandoned at the airport in the wake of failing to get their COVID-19 tests returned in time.
“I was meant to leave on a flight leaving now, but I still haven’t got my covid test result,” traveller Sonia Carpenter told 9News.
Traveller Amber Tilly said she had tried reaching the Clayton testing site where she got her COVID-19 however had heard no response.
“I just don’t know what to do,” Ms Tilly said.