WestJet Cancels 15% of Flights Due to COVID-19 Related Staff Shortage


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Many employees of WestJet Airlines are infected with the Omicron variant. Therefore the company had to cut 15% of its scheduled flights through to the end of January.

“We are running roughly 450 flights a day. So if you look at the percentages, that works out to be about 60 or 70 flights that you might see that would be cancelled per day and then consolidated onto other flights,” said WestJet VP of communications Richard Bartrem.

Bartrem said they are currently re-jigging flights and contacting travelers.

“For example, where we may have four or five flights to a particular destination over the course of the day, we might consolidate that into two or three and then take the people who are flying on those other flights that have now been canceled and moving them onto the flights that will continue to operate.”

He said travelers would have the option of taking other flights or getting a refund.

Source: WestJet