New York-based airline, JetBlue, announced they will be “proactively reducing” its schedule through January 13 in anticipation of continued COVID-19 outbreaks due to the omicron variant and the repercussions that will have on staffing.
According to NBC News, the airline is planning on canceling 1,280 flights through mid-January and will give customers as much notice as possible.
“While the new CDC guidelines should help crew members get back to work sooner, and our schedule reduction and other efforts will further ease day-of cancellations, we expect the number of Covid cases in the northeast – where most of our crew members are based – to continue to surge for the next week or two,” JetBlue said in a statement reported by NBC News.
“This means there is a high likelihood of additional cancellations until case counts start to come down,” the airline added.
The anticipated flight cuts are less than 10 percent of JetBlue’s daily schedule, Newsweek reports.