WestJet Canceling 15% of All January Flights
(Reuters) - Canada's WestJet Airlines will cancel 15% of scheduled flights in January because the rapidly spreading Omicron variant of COVID-19 has left the airline unable to fully staff its operations, the company said on Thursday.
The announcement from privately owned WestJet, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, comes after a slew of North American flight cancellations due to surging coronavirus cases and brutally cold winter weather. read more
There are 181 WestJet staff currently off work due to COVID-19, a 35% increase in recent days, company spokeswoman Morgan Bell said in an email.
WestJet was operating around 450 flights a day - meaning 68 daily departures face cancellation - and Bell said warm weather destinations, international and domestic flights will all be impacted.
WestJet said it will try to consolidate flights that will cause the least disruption, and notify travelers in advance.
The airline will evaluate and adjust its 2022 route schedule as needed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions, Air Canada added.