Alaska Air trims January flights to cope with virus outbreak

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Alaska Airlines stated Thursday it’ll trim its schedule by about 10% for the remainder of January because it offers with “unprecedented” numbers of staff calling in sick through the present COVID-19 surge.

The transfer by Alaska is analogous to a choice final week by JetBlue Airways to lower about 1,300 flights by mid-January.

Southwest continued to be the toughest hit amongst U.S. airways, canceling about 650 flights, or 21% of its schedule for Thursday by early night. A spokesman stated the airline was dealing with excessive chilly at a number of airports and a excessive variety of call-outs by staff who had been both sick with COVID-19 or had been isolating after shut contact with somebody with the virus.

Alaska had scrubbed about 125, or 17% of its flights.

The Seattle-based airline stated in an announcement that “the continued impacts of omicron have been disruptive in all our lives and unprecedented employee sick calls have impacted our ability to operate our airline reliably.” Alaska stated lowering flights by the top of January “will give us the flexibility and capacity needed to reset.”

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