British Airways scraps another 10,000 flights from summer schedule

Apart from British Airways, Deutsche Lufthansa and Air France-KLM Group have also scaled back traffic

At a time when airlines and airports are already struggling to cope up with the recovering travel demand, British Airways has modified its summer schedule and decided to scrap another 10,300 flights. This is another one in its series of cancellation of flights, the first of which was announced at the beginning of the summer season. With this, the airline has now reduced its summer flying schedule by around 30,000 flights, down to about 87 per cent of its original planned capacity.

Air travel across Europe has been severely impacted by the high demand during the summer season and while airports had been planning to increase capacity to accommodate the demand, staff shortage is putting a damper on their plans. Airports are, at present, trying to hire back staff that had been let go during the break in travel due to the pandemic. As a result, major airports in Europe, such as London Gatwick and Amsterdam Schiphol, have asked airlines to reduce their traffic so that the passenger movement at the airports can be brought down to manageable levels.

In the recent past, issues such as baggage handling glitches, due to which passenger luggage remained stranded at the London Heathrow airport for days, and pilot strikes, which caused biggest airline in Scandinavia to ground 50 per cent of its traffic on those days, have also come forth, doing nothing to improve the condition of the air travel in Europe.

While the issue of staffing is one being faced by airports and airlines all over the world, it seems to be impacting the air travel in Europe most, where many passengers are forced to wait in long queues at the airport, deal with flight delays and last-minute cancellations and face the issue of lost baggage.

British Airways is not alone in its move to scale back traffic. Other major carriers including Deutsche Lufthansa, Air France-KLM Group and EasyJet PLC have also resorted to similar measures so that airport staff members are not overwhelmed due to the influx of passengers. On the other hand, companies that have been looking to hire people have been speaking out about the light labour markets in the US, Europe, Canada and Australia.


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