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.”
The airline’s move follows massive flight cancellations that have disrupted vacation travel this season. CNN reported that more than 14,000 flights have been canceled since the end of December for reasons such as extreme weather conditions and the impact of COVID-19 on employees.
The disruption also hit San Diego, starting on Christmas Eve. Alaska operates from Terminal 2 at the San Diego International Airport.
Reuters contributed to this report.