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Eight thousand of 75,000 Delta Air Lines employees have tested positive for the coronavirus within the past month, CNBC reported Thursday.
According to the report, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said the resulting absences took a toll on holiday season profits.
“Delta reported a loss for the quarter and forecast another for the first three months of the year because of the fast-spreading omicron variant, but predicted travel would begin to rebound again in late February,” the report states.
Across the industry, omicron infections and winter storms have reportedly contributed to upwards of 20,000 flight cancellations in the U. S. between Christmas Eve and the first week of January. United Airlines also announced this week that four percent of its workforce (3,000 out of nearly 70,000) have called out sick for coronavirus.
As of Thursday, Delta has only canceled one percent of its flights in the past week, showing that cancellations have “eased significantly” since the holidays. Bastian told CNBC’s Squawk Box that sick employees have had “no significant health issues.”
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