Breaking: Major Airline Cancels Flights Through Mid-January

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( – Happening Now: One of the major airlines in the United States of America has announced that it is canceling flights well into January.

JetBlue says it doesn’t have the personnel necessary to staff all of its normally scheduled flights, so it is making drastic changes that will potentially impact American travelers.

As reported by the New York Post:

“JetBlue Airways has canceled flights into mid-January as it contends with crew shortages due to the surging Omicron variant, the airline confirmed.

“The New York-based airline said it has cut approximately 1,280 flights that were on its schedule through Jan. 13 — or about 10 percent of its planned capacity.”…

“‘We expect the number of COVID cases in the northeast – where most of our crewmembers are based – to continue to surge for the next week or two,’ a JetBlue spokesperson said in a statement obtained by Reuters. ‘This means there is a high likelihood of additional cancellations until case counts start to come down.'” [emphasis added]

Travel industry experts tell us that they expect JetBlue will not be the only United States-based airline to announce significant cutbacks.

With new cases of COVID-19 now at an all-time high because of the Omicron variant, those experts expect significant reductions in the number of aircraft available for passengers as a higher percentage of flight personnel test positive and are sidelined from work.

What do you think? Have you or a close friend or family member had a flight canceled due to a staffing shortage caused by the coronavirus?

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