In a new company-wide memo, CEO Scott Kirby said the airline is “shortening our near-term schedules to ensure we have the staff and resources to take care of customers.”
Kirby did not specify how many flights the airline was reducing. But the memo states that “the Omicron boom has put pressure on our operations, resulting in customer disruptions during the busy holiday season.” He thanked the employees for their professionalism in handling the delays.
According to the memo, some 3,000 United employees are currently positive for Covid, but none of the company’s vaccinated employees are hospitalized. Kirby said hospitalization rates among United employees have dropped since the company’s vaccine mandate was effective “100 times less than in the general US population.”
Earlier, more than one joint worker per week was dying of covid. Recently, the company has been running for eight consecutive weeks and there have been no deaths among its immunization staff, he said.
– An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the company with 3,000 sick staff members. United Airlines said that about 3,000 employees are currently infected with Kovid.
—Jordan Valinsky and Reuters contributed to this story.
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