Oslo, Norway (By Ahmed Tanveer): EasyJet and British Airways have been cancelling numerous flights as the Easter holidays are approaching, with the majority of them being headed to European destinations.
According to The Independent, the main causes for these cancellations are staff shortages caused by sickness and the need to ramp up requirements as the demand for travel is increasing, Schengen. So far today, British Airways has cancelled 74 flights – 31 of them supposed to land in the EU Member States, and 20 more than the previous day.
The list of cancelled flights from Heathrow Airport to the EU consists of the following destinations:
Germany: Stuttgart, Munich, Berlin, Dusseldorf and two flights to Hanover and Frankfurt, respectively.
France: Paris, Marseille, Nice and Toulouse.
Switzerland: Basel and Zurich.
Italy: Milan Malpensa, Bologna and Venice.
Others: Madrid and Barcelona in Spain, Tirana, Vienna, Oslo, Zagreb, Budapest, Luxembourg, Brussels, Copenhagen and two flights to Stockholm. On the other hand, the flag carrier EasyJet didn’t operate 52 flights on Thursday, six fewer than the previous day. The majority of cancelled flights were departing from Gatwick and reaching Italian destinations such as Naples, Milan Bergamo, Pisa, Verona, Olbia and Brindisi. In addition, flights to Nice, Montpellier in France; Mahon (Menorca), Ibiza, Amsterdam, Berlin, Preveza, Kefalonia and Krakow weren’t operated. Flights from and to Luton in relation to Berlin, Nice, Milan Malpensa and Edinburg and those from Bristol to Amsterdam, Bordeaux, Olbia and Mahon were also cancelled. Berlin and Naples flights from and to Manchester also failed to operate this Thursday. These two airlines were amongst the most affected by cancellations and disruptions last week as Eurocontrol data shows. More specifically, from March 28 until April 3, easyJet recorded 1,499 flights while British Airways operated 601 flights.
In addition, other flag carriers such as Ryanair, Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa operated a total of 2,756, 1,131 and 1,041 flights, respectively. The authority also revealed that the EU carriers reached 23,382 average daily operated flights during the same week. Nonetheless, the number of flights still continues to remain below the pre-pandemic levels. The Airports Council International (ACI) previously reported that passenger traffic across the 27-nation-bloc has improved, with the best performing airports for the second month of the year being in Portugal – reaching 23.7 per cent below pre-pandemic levels, followed by Spain (26.8 per cent), Luxembourg (27.7 per cent), Croatia (28.9 per cent) and Ireland (33.8 per cent). On the other end of the scale stand airports in Czechia, Finland, Sweden, Germany and Slovenia, experiencing declines of over 50 per cent.
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