bottlenecks in summer
Lufthansa must cancel 2,200 more flights
June 23, 2022, 6:08 p.m.
Air travelers face some inconvenience during the summer months. Lufthansa is cutting hundreds of routes due to serious personnel problems. It is mainly German and European domestic flights that are affected. Additionally, there may also be time changes, the band announced.
Lufthansa is canceling even more flights due to lack of staff at airports. The airline will remove another 2,200 flights from the system out of a total of around 80,000 at the Frankfurt and Munich hubs this summer, Lufthansa said. 900 deletions had previously been announced for July. This mainly concerns German and European domestic flights, but not the classic holiday destinations, which are quite busy during the holiday season.
Connections are not only canceled on weekends, as in July, but also on weekdays. “In addition, there may also be changes in flight schedules,” he said. Air transport is struggling with staff shortages in high season, especially for ground services, but also to some extent for flight attendants. Lufthansa and other airlines are canceling flights in advance and offering alternative flights or domestic train connections to avoid chaos.
A Lufthansa spokesperson told ntv on request: “The entire aviation industry, especially in Europe, is currently suffering from bottlenecks and staff shortages. This particularly affects airports, flight services ground handling, air traffic control and therefore also the airlines”. Lufthansa has implemented numerous measures and is recruiting additional staff as much as possible to ensure the greatest possible stability in the flight schedule and thus offer its passengers “the best possible planning security”.
Demand is stronger than expected
Lufthansa boss Carsten Spohr had already promised further cuts on Monday. This may be necessary to stabilize air traffic in Europe, which is suffering from staff shortages and delays, Spohr said at the annual meeting of the global airline association IATA in Doha. In July alone, Lufthansa canceled around 900 flights in Germany and Europe at the weekend, which corresponds to around 5% of capacity.
Air traffic then recovered more than expected, Spohr said. More recently, the lifting of the corona test requirement for US flights has boosted demand and ticket prices. The labor shortage in the industry may continue beyond the summer. Aviation and the hotel industry face structural employment problems. Politicians need to pay attention to this, demanded Spohr.
“Flight safety related strikes, weather events and, in particular, the rising rate of corona disease have now put additional pressure on the system,” the company’s spokesperson said today. “The nationwide increase in the number of corona infections that can currently be observed does not stop at Lufthansa and its employees.” In recent days, crews have declared themselves sick at short notice. “These industry-wide challenges have forced airlines across Europe, including Lufthansa, to pull more flights out of the system so they can cover traffic spikes.”
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