Jetblue Cancels About 1,280 Flights Due to Omicron

Omicron mutant prompts JetBlue to cancel 1,280 flights through mid-January

JetBlue Airways has reduced its flight schedule until January 13 by canceling 1,280 flights due to the high incidence of omicron infections among its staff, as airlines recently canceled hundreds of flights a day in the United States since Christmas Eve after suffering from a shortage of staff due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus and weather conditions in remote areas in the country. Read more [Omicron Affects Airlines, Cancels Hundreds of Reservations].

The number of COVID-19 infections reached record numbers in the United States over the past few days, with the average daily confirmed infections reaching 258,312 over the past seven days.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said earlier this week that it does not consider mandating the vaccine for domestic flights, and the centers later decided to reduce the recommended quarantine period for Americans and asymptomatic cases of Covid-19 to five days instead of ten days.

Delta Air Lines then renewed its policies for employees confirmed to have contracted the virus by offering five days of paid leave from the quarantine period, and also encouraged – but not required – to take Covid tests when they return to work.

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