New York-based airline JetBlue is cancelling 1,280 flights through mid-January due to a surge of COVID-19 cases driven by the highly contagious Omicron COVID-19 variant.
JetBlue said it would cancel flights between Dec. 30 and Jan. 13 “to get even further ahead of the expected increase in Omicron cases.”
“This past week has been one of our most difficult operating periods during the pandemic,” three JetBlue executives said in a note to staff, which was obtained by CNBC.
“The exponential growth in Omicron cases over just a couple of days is at a level that no one could reasonably prepare for,” the executives further said.
The cancelled flights amount to about 10% of the JetBlue’s schedule.
Other airlines, including Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and American Airlines, have also canceled flights.
© Fourth Estate® — All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.