“We expect the number of Covid cases in the Northeast — where most of our crew are based — will continue to rise over the next two weeks,” a JetBlue spokesperson said in an emailed statement to Reuters. “This means there is a high probability of additional cancellations until the number of cases begins to decline.”
The 1,280 flights are approximately 10% of JetBlue’s schedule.
European airlines are also canceling a small number of flights amid record numbers of Covid-19 cases in several European countries.
German airline Lufthansa recently said it too will cancel 10% of its winter flight schedule as the pandemic continues to hit the airline industry.
In an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung last week, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said the airline will have to cancel 33,000 flights from mid-January to February 2022, or 10% of the group’s winter flight schedule, due to “a sharp drop in bookings”. .
Spohr’s comments were confirmed to DailyExpertNews by Lufthansa’s press service.
— Reuters contributed to this report.