Lufthansa will cancel an additional 2,000 flights from Frankfurt and Munich this summer, German airlines announced on Wednesday. The carrier explains its decision with the lack of staff at the airports, strikes, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
This is the third wave of canceled Lufthansa flights this summer. Earlier, almost 3.7 thousand jobs were canceled. flights scheduled for July and August. 770 flights were canceled between July 8-14 alone.
On Wednesday, this counter increased even more. A spokesman for Lufthansa announced that there will be no additional approximately 2,000 by the end of August. connections from the largest airports in Frankfurt and Munich.
Lufthansa cancels more flights
As the spokesman assured, Lufthansa will cancel flights to holiday destinations “only in absolutely exceptional cases”.
– First of all, we want to reduce the burden of morning and evening traffic. At these times, the ground service in terminals is overloaded and cannot keep up with the handling of passengers and luggage, the spokesman explained. He stressed that, first of all, short domestic connections or to neighboring countries, where good transport alternatives exist, will be canceled.
In Frankfurt, Germany’s largest airport, the peak holiday load is yet to come. As Lufthansa assumes, it will take place on the weekend of July 22-24, when the holidays in Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate begin.
Difficulties for passengers
In recent weeks, airlines and airports all over Europe have been struggling with serious staffing problems, which forced them to cancel flights. In early July, it was reported that, inter alia, British Airways airlines will cancel another 10,300 short-haul flights by the end of October this year.
During the pandemic, when air traffic decreased significantly due to travel restrictions, employment was also reduced, especially among ground staff, and now that the demand for flying has returned to pre-pandemic levels, it has turned out that airports are lacking in staff for baggage handling, security, security or cleaning and the airlines are not able to perform all scheduled flights.
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