JetBlue cancels 1,280 flights as omicron cases rise – Boston News, Weather, Sports

(CNN) – JetBlue Airways is slashing its schedule by around 1,280 flights from Thursday to January 13 as more crew members fall ill from Covid infections.

“We expect the number of Covid cases in the northeast – where most of our crew are based – to continue to increase for the next week or two,” a spokesperson said. of JetBlue in an e-mailed statement to Reuters. “This means there is a high likelihood of further cancellations until the number of cases starts to decline.”

The 1,280 flights represent approximately 10% of the JetBlue program.

Airlines have canceled hundreds of flights in the United States every day since Christmas Eve as they grapple with staff shortages due to Covid-19 infections and bad weather in parts of the country. JetBlue is based in New York City, which on Tuesday recorded a new record of 67,000 positive cases.

More than 1,000 flights were canceled within, to or from the United States on Thursday, according to FlightAware. JetBlue canceled 17% of its flights on Thursday and 4% more flights were delayed.

European airlines are also canceling a small number of flights amid a record number of Covid-19 cases in several European countries.

German airline Lufthansa recently said it would also cancel 10% of its winter flight program as the pandemic continues to hit the aviation industry.

In an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung last week, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said that due to a “sharp drop in bookings” the airline will have to cancel 33,000 flights from mid-January to February 2022, i.e. 10% of the group’s winter flight program.

Spohr’s comments were confirmed to CNN by the Lufthansa press office.

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