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Finnair Cuts Flights as Omicron Staff Shortage Spreads to Europe

  • Schedule trimmed for February to avoid last-minute disruptions
  • U.S. airlines suffered bout of chaos tied to omicron, weather
A Finnair passenger jet at Helsinki-Vantaa airport in Helsinki.

A Finnair passenger jet at Helsinki-Vantaa airport in Helsinki.

Photographer: Ville Mannikko/Bloomberg

Finland’s national carrier Finnair Oyj canceled roughly 20% of its flights in February, in anticipation that staff sick leaves will continue to increase.

The move is intended to avoid last-minute changes and better manage customer expectations after a surge in absences tied to Covid-19 triggered scheduling chaos at U.S. airlines over the year-end holidays.