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JetBlue cuts short its summer schedule amid crew shortages


JetBlue has announced plans for additional flight cancellations as it faces ongoing staffing shortages.

The New York City-based airline said that following a number of canceled flights over the weekend it will also make “a small schedule adjustment” for the rest of April, citing a “challenging staffing situation.”

“Despite hiring more than 3,000 new crew-members already this year, like many businesses, we remain staffing constrained,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

Additional cuts are planned from May through the summer, it said, even as it continues to bring on new employees.

“Given we anticipate continued industry challenges and heavy demand into the summer, we are planning more conservatively and trying to be proactive where we can with cancellations due to disruptive weather and air traffic control events,” JetBlue said.

The company did not immediately respond to NBC News’ request for comment.

CNBC reported last week that JetBlue had begun offering flight attendants $1,000 bonuses if they don’t call out from work through the end of May. Flight attendants are also eligible for $100 bonuses for picking up open trips, while part-time flight attendants would receive $500 for meeting attendance goals, CNBC reported.



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