EU carriers cancel thousands of Winter flights
Due to the collapse in travel demand, but they announce new routes in the Summer
Many European airlines decided to drastically reduce the flight connections scheduled for the Winter season due to the sharp drop in ticket bookings by passengers recorded in recent weeks. It seems centuries ago that in Autumn 2021 the season still looked promising due to the reopening of air borders, with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus still undetected. However, 2022 will be a better year.
The German Lufthansa group has confirmed the cancellation of 33,000 flights, about 10% of the total. Irish low-cost airline Ryanair is also cutting back on scheduled flights: there will be 33% fewer in January due to a drop in bookings that top management attributed to tighter travel restrictions imposed by governments across Europe to limit the spread of contagions.
The reduction in Winter flights came just as some international airlines had begun to increase their offer of connections in Europe for 2022. Among these is Lufthansa, which in mid-December announced new routes in the Old Continent and to the United States, including the first direct flight Frankfurt-Saint Louis starting in June 2022. The American Delta Air Lines has also announced that this year it will once again connect New York with Stockholm. In short, after the night there is always the dawn.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency