Delta CEO Ed Bastian said around 8,000 of the company’s employees have contracted COVID-19 in the last four weeks amid the current winter surge in cases, The Associated Press reported.
The airline announced its full year 2021 financial results on Thursday and said the “rapidly spreading” omicron variant has significantly impacted staffing levels and disrupted travel across the industry.
However, Bastian added that Delta’s operation has stabilized over the last week and returned to pre-holiday levels.
“Omicron is expected to temporarily delay the demand recovery 60 days, but as we look past the peak, we are confident in a strong spring and summer travel season with significant pent-up demand for consumer and business travel,” he added on Thursday.
Delta Airlines said in October that 90 percent of its workforce is vaccinated against COVID-19, even though it is not requiring employees to get the vaccine.
The Atlanta-based carrier is the only major airline that is not mandating vaccinations, but it does impose a $200 monthly surcharge on unvaccinated employees and requires them to be tested weekly for COVID-19.
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