Flight cancellations today: Airlines cancel 1,000 domestic flights, including 17% of JetBlue schedules

NEW YORK – JetBlue Airways is reducing its schedule for about 1,280 flights from Thursday to January 13 as an increasing number of cabin crew members fall ill with COVID-19.

A JetBlue spokesperson said in an emailed statement to Reuters: “We anticipate the number of COVID cases in the northeast – where most of our crew members are based – will continue to increase. in the next week or two”. “This means there’s a good chance of further cancellations until case numbers start to drop.”

1,280 flights make up about 10% of JetBlue’s schedule.

Airlines have had to cancel hundreds of flights a day in the United States since Christmas Eve as they face staff shortages due to COVID-19 infections and bad weather in parts of the country. New York-based JetBlue recorded a new record high of 67,000 positive cases on Tuesday.

Follow Flight knowledge. JetBlue canceled 17% of flights on Thursday and another 4% were delayed.

European airlines are also canceling a small number of flights amid the record number of COVID-19 cases in some European countries.

German airline Lufthansa also recently said it would cancel 10% of its winter flight schedule as the pandemic continues to hit the airline industry.

In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung last week, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said that due to “a sharp drop in bookings”, the airline would have to cancel 33,000 flights between mid-January and February 2022, or 10%. corporate winter flight schedule.

Spohr’s comments were confirmed by the Lufthansa press office to CNN.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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