United Reduces Schedule With 4% of Staff Infected With Covid-19

Omircon continues to place a strain on United Airlines' operations. But the carrier's vaccine mandate is saving lives, CEO Scott Kirby told company employees in a memo Tuesday.

Currently, about 3,000 of United's approximately 70,000-person workforce are positive for Covid-19, Kirby wrote.

With so many employees calling in sick, United has reduced its near-term schedule, the CEO said without offering specifics. As of 12 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, United had canceled 7% of its mainline flights for the day, according to FlightAware.