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Omicron surge prompts Alaska Airlines to trim January flight schedule
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Alaska Airlines is cutting its flight schedule by 10% through the end of January as an "unprecedented" number of employees become infected with the coronavirus and are forced to call off from work.
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"As we have entered 2022, 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," an Alaska Airlines spokesperson told FOX Business in a statement.
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The industry has been struggling in recent weeks due to a high number of employees calling off sick with COVID-19 or getting in close contact with someone who has the virus.
Alaska Airlines says the move to trim its schedule will give the airline the "flexibility and capacity needed to reset while continued flexible travel policies enable guests to adjust their plans accordingly."
Alaska's move comes just after JetBlue Airways made a similar decision to cut about 1,300 flights through mid-January.