Alaska Airlines reduces Janurary departures by 10%

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska Airlines announced Thursday that departures will be reduced by about 10% this month, citing omicron-related challenges.

    The airline said in a statement Thursday that the move will give them the flexibility and capacity needed to "reset" while continued flexible travel policies enable guests to adjust plans accordingly. They say it will also give them time and space to "find our path forward together, with Covid-19 as a continued reality in our business and our world."

    The statement goes on to say that "the continued impacts of omicron have been disruptive in all our lives and unprecedented employee sick calls have impacted our ability to operate our airline reliably."

    Alaska's move is similar to a decision last week by JetBlue Airways. Other airlines, including United, are offering bonus pay to find employees willing to work extra days.

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