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Thousands of flights are canceled because Omicron is reducing crews.

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Thousands of flights are canceled because Omicron is reducing crews.

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On the flip side, airlines also expect plenty of travel on January 2, a Sunday. And the Omicron variant, which is now responsible for more than 70 percent of new coronavirus cases in the United States, has already helped push daily US case averages above 200,000 for the first time in nearly 12 months, according to The New York Times coronavirus tracker.

A business group of airlines has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to shorten the recommended isolation period for fully vaccinated employees who test positive to a maximum of five days, instead of 10 days, before they can return with a negative test.

“Quick and secure adjustments by the CDC would ease at least some of the staffing pressures and set up airlines to help millions of travelers returning from vacation,” said Derek Dombrowski, a spokesperson for JetBlue. .

The flight attendants union, however, argued that reductions in recommended isolation times should be decided “by public health professionals, not the airlines.”

Some of the delays this weekend had little to do with the pandemic. Alaska Airlines has an extensive program in place to keep crews healthy and has even brought in members of its management team who are trained to be crew members, spokesperson Alexa Rudin said.

On Saturday and Sunday, there were only a handful of cancellations linked to crew exposure to the coronavirus, according to Rudin. Yet it had canceled 170 flights in those two days, according to FlightAware, including 21% of its Sunday flights, due to unusually cold and snowy weather in the Pacific Northwest, which affected its hub, the International Airport of Seattle-Tacoma.

“The snow and wintry conditions create a bit of a joke for our operations to and from Seattle,” the company said in a statement on Sunday, adding, “We realize it’s incredibly frustrating when the trips don’t go. not as expected. “

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