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The continued rise of Omicron cases especially among its crews’ forces JetBlue Airways to cancel flights into mid-January.

In a press release on Wednesday, the airline said with a lack of crews the company had to make the cancellation.

The New York-based airline revealed it has decided to cut an estimated 1,280 flights that were on its schedule through Jan. 13 — or about 10 percent of its planned capacity.

JetBlue said they can further expand the cancellations as Omicron cases in the Northeast remains high.

“We expect the number of COVID cases in the northeast – where most of our crewmembers are based – to continue to surge for the next week or two,” a JetBlue spokesperson said.

“This means there is a high likelihood of additional cancellations until case counts start to come down,” the spokesperson added in a statement.

With its decision to cancel some flights, it was learned that JetBlue’s stock was down slightly in premarket trading Thursday.
Shares have declined nearly 2 percent so far this week.

Sources said aside from JetBlue, Ireland-based Ryanair recently also slashed a third of its planned flights next month due to Omicron-related concerns.

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