Low-cost carrier Wizz Air has announced that it will reduce its peak summer flight program due to travel turmoil at the airport.
Hungarian airlines said they would reduce capacity by another 5% as part of their efforts to avoid flight cancellations and delays.
Now that Covid has been deregulated, the turmoil in this sector is increasing due to staff shortages at airports across Europe, struggling to meet the surge in demand from vacationers.
The threat of continent-wide strikes by airline employees and pilots exacerbates the problem.
London’s Heathrow Airport warned on Monday that it would ask airlines to cancel more flights this summer if they didn’t believe the shortening of their previous schedules would reduce the disruption enough.
Airlines were previously ordered by the British Government and the Civil Aviation Authority to confirm that their timetables were “deliverable” after they were unable to meet last month’s demand.
The service levels accepted at the UK’s largest airports are “unacceptable”, passengers suffer from long check-ins and security queues, and have problems handling baggage in addition to flight delays and cancellations.
Heathrow turmoil was also seen at Dublin Airport during June, with some passengers missing flights due to baggage check-in and security delays.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Stansted Airport were one of the other European airports where passengers faced considerable confusion due to airport delays and flight cancellations.
Wizz Air said: “We have further improved network agility and resilience, including adjusting schedules with high problem rates to avoid cancellations and ensure more accurate operations for our customers.
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“We expect to reduce utilization by an additional 5% compared to the plans outlined in the year-round results to reduce the impact of ongoing external turmoil throughout the peak summer period.”
Nonetheless, Wizz Air said demand is expected to increase in the summer and forecasts “significant” operating profit for the July-September quarter.
This was after reporting an operating loss of € 285 million in the first quarter due to rising fuel costs and the appreciation of the US dollar.