European airlines cancel nearly 16,000 flights in August due to strikes and staff shortages

The threat of a summer of chaos spent weeks flying over european airports. Said and done, although differently depending on the airport, airline and country. But in general, the strikes due to social conflicts, a demand triggered after the shutdown of the coronavirus and the shortage of personnel have created a Perfect storm which led to european airlines to cancel a total of 15,788 scheduled flights for the month of August, according to a Cirium report collected by Europa Press. Although, if the photograph is enlarged, this implies a 2% cancellation fee on total hours planned for this period.

Turkish Airlines It is the company with the highest number of canceled flights in Europe, with 4,408 flights. In this case, the airline is also affected by the war in Ukraine, since a quarter of these cancellations are in Russia, while half of them are in Istanbul. follow him British Airways with 3,600 cancellations, easyJet (2.045), Lufthansa (1.888)y Wizz Air (1,256). In a letter to his employees, the German Lufthansa was one of the first to warn of the effects that the lack of staff would have on punctuality and the quality of service airline this summer. “The increase in capacity will only have the effect stabilizer sought after when winter arrives“, says the letter.

The report does not indicate what are the most affected countries but between major airlines compared to Ryanair, Vueling, Iberia, Air Europa, in this order the companies with the most passengers in Spain. According to an analysis by the consulting firm Mabrian Technologies, What compares the number of flights scheduled for June 14 with those scheduled for July 5 fly between July 1 and July 15, Spain is the fourth country with the most canceled flights in one ranking led by Germany, but with a low cancellation rate of 1%.

Specific, between July 1 and 15, 1,482 flights were canceled in Germany, or 6.12% of the total; 1,060 in the UK, 3.20% of all its flights; 637 in Italy, 2.30%, and 423 in Spain, 1.08%. According to the consultant, although the absolute number is high, in general terms “The impact is not so worrying” according to the percentage of cancellations on all scheduled flights. “In general, throughout Europe, airlines find alternative flights in many cases, so the number of people who have to cancel plans is probably quite small“, adds the analysis.

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and although Spain is down percentage ranking, Germany is in the lead of the table with a rate of 6%. “We should not forget that German connectivity has been slower than most in the recovery until 2019, so this could delay the recovery even further,” the analysis says. The assignment in the United Kingdom is also important, whose main airport, that of Heathrow-London, announced that will limit its capacity to 100,000 daily passengers until September 11 and asked the airlines no longer sell summer tickets to avoid delays, queues or last minute cancellations. The airline company Emirates criticized that this decision is “a blatant disregard for consumers“, since they are forced to “deny places to tens of thousands of travelers who have paid and reserved months in advance”.

In the case of Spainthe main problem is the cabin crew (TCP) strikes spanish from Ryanair and easyJet. After a first operation launched at the beginning of July marked by stoppagesthe beginning of the second half of July came back to coincide with labor protests by workers of the two airlines at the airports. Thus, Ryanair celebrated on Friday the third day of strike out of a total of 12 called by the USO and Sitcpla unions to force the airline to renegotiate a collective agreement. The unions have called stops on July 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27 and 28 in the ten Spanish airports where the company operates –Madrid, Malaga, Seville, Alicante, Valencia, Barcelona, ​​Girona, Santiago de Compostela, Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca– so this weekend there will be no stops. While easyJet’s TCPs resumed on Friday the six days (July 1, 2, 3, 15, 16, 17, 29, 30 and 31) of strike convened for the purpose of unblock the negotiation of the Collective Agreement II and which will last all this weekend. By mid-morning this Saturday, there were already 3 flights canceled (round trip Palma-Berlin and Barcelona-Paris) and 37 easyJet delaysaccording to figures from the USO union.

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