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EasyJet case reflects air traffic chaos

Delays, cancellations and disruptions in European skies: organization needs improvement

If an air carrier or airport company manager were to look back at the darkest period of the pandemic, then he or she would have renewed "confidence" in the face of the chaos that is being experienced these days due to increased travel demand facing the Summer season. 

Today, relative to European transportation, airlines are back to about 85 percent of the operations they had in 2019. However, the aviation sector has lost most of its staff due to the fact that they have laid off, discharged and early retired workers, while others have changed sectors after "Brexit" and during the pandemic. Therefore, airlines and airports have yet to fully restore staff. 

In any case, when faced with disruptions, delays and cancellations, passengers tend to blame the airlines. Just look at the case of the British low-cost easyJet, which recently canceled hundreds of flight connections, explaining time after time that it was the control tower's fault first, bad weather conditions, and faulty software. However, low-cost competitor Ryanair, which operates the same routes, carried out its service normally. 

Meanwhile, the carrier British Airways preemptively canceled 10 percent of its flight offerings in late April through October 2022 (about 100 flights per day). Dutch airline Klm preferred to run empty planes rather than increase congestion. Germany's Lufthansa last week cancelled 900 summer routes. Like easyJet, the airlines Tui and Wizz Air also made last-minute cancellations. More organization is needed. 

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency