PORTLAND, Ore. — Alaska Airlines started the year by announcing flight reductions of 10% due to Omicron, and new data shows the carrier's cuts for the first quarter of 2022 add up to more than 1,200 nationally and nearly 200 at PDX.
Data from Cirium Inc. shows that Alaska (NYSE: ALK) as of Monday had cut 194 scheduled flights for February and March at Portland International Airport, where it is the largest carrier.
The reductions include three routes that were cut entirely by Alaska: to Denver, accounting for a loss of 59 flights in February and March, to Boston, accounting for 29 flights in March, and to Minneapolis/St. Paul, accounting for 15 flights.
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The carrier also cut 32 flights to San Francisco, 22 to Hollywood/Burbank and 15 each to Oakland and Chicago O'Hare.
Frontier Airlines also cut 18 flights and Southwest cut 11, according to the data.
According to December numbers from the Port of Portland, which operates PDX, Alaska operated 1,275 flights into Portland that month, more than twice any major airline. Regional carrier SkyWest operated 752 flights in December.
Another analysis by Cirium last week found that American Airlines had cut 39 flights at PDX scheduled for March on routes including Chicago O'Hare, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Dallas.