Alaska Airlines reduces January schedule by 10%

Alaska Airlines will reduce its flight count by approximately 10% for the remainder of the month as it works to reset a network that has been deeply impacted by employees calling out sick with Covid-19 and winter weather in Seattle. 

“This will also give us time and space to find our path forward together, with Covid-19 as a continued reality in our business and our world,” the airline said in a statement Thursday. “We will learn from these challenges, improve where we must, and deliver on our promise to deliver nonstop care each and every day.”

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The announcement came on a day in which airlines canceled more than 2,000 U.S. flights by the early evening on Thursday, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware. It’s the 12th straight day that at least 1,000 U.S. flights were canceled. 

Alaska canceled 123 of its mainline flights Thursday, accounting for 16% of its schedule. Since Dec. 26, when Seattle was hit by its first winter storm of the season, Alaska has canceled nearly 2,000 mainline flights, amounting to 17% of its schedule.

Southwest scuttled the most U.S. flights on Thursday — 641 as of early evening. That amounts to 21% of the carrier’s schedule. 

United, with an 11% mainline cancellation rate, also continued to struggle. 

Several regional carriers — including SkyWest, Republic, Mesa and Alaska Airlines regional subsidiary Horizon Air — also canceled 10% or more of their schedule on Thursday.

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