Alaska Airlines predicts 10% reduction in flights in January, citing COVID-19 staffing issues

An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 airliner. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Alaska Airlines, a unit of Alaska Air Group, announced Thursday that it will reduce its flight departures by about 10% until the end of January.

Officials attributed the move to an increase in Omicron infections and an increase in the number of employees calling in sick.

“As we entered 2022, Omicron’s continued impacts have been disruptive in all of our lives and unprecedented sickness calls from employees impacted our ability to operate our airline reliably,” said the company in a press release.

The reduction, the statement said, will allow the airline to find “the flexibility and capacity to reset while flexible and continuous travel policies will allow customers to adjust their plans accordingly.”

Officials added that “we apologize for the considerable inconvenience and are working hard to return to the level of service (customers) that we know and expect from us.”

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