Low-cost airline easyJet is set to cancel around 10,000 flights over the summer, causing even more holiday chaos and ruining travel for 1.5 million people in June, July and August, sources say
British holidaymakers hoping for a sunny getaway this summer could ruin them as easyJet may cancel 10,000 flights, affecting 1.5million people, it says.
The low-cost airline has already canceled hundreds of flights due to staff shortages and IT problems, leaving many passengers in misery.
And it said it would cut more flights to “build extra resilience” as airlines across Europe face “operational issues”.
These include delays in air traffic control, staff shortages in ground handling and at airports, and extended times for identity checks on new recruits.
But now a reported source has said easyJet intends to cut up to 10,000 flights, which will affect the holiday season of 1.5million people.
These will be flights to typical holiday hotspots such as Spain and Greece, and they are expected to take place in July, August and September, the source said telegraph.
Issues affecting the aviation sector across Europe have already resulted in thousands of cancellations, particularly during the Easter school holidays and during the semester break which coincides with the anniversary bank holiday weekend.
EasyJet CEO Johan Lundgren told reporters: “I can’t tell you how many flights will be affected” as “we have to work this through”.
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He added: “It would be misleading to give any numbers today because we just don’t know.”
Mr Lundgren said easyJet had planned to operate around 160,000 flights between July and September before the cancellations were made.
In May, the airline expected its capacity for that three-month period to be around 97% of 2019 levels, but this has been reduced to 90%.
EasyJet acknowledged the disruption will have “cost implications” and the amount of money it spends to operate each seat per kilometer without fuel will “exceed” previous projections.
It said, “We believe this summer’s capacity/cost impact is one-off as we would expect all parties to build greater resilience in time for the peak periods of 2023.”
Mr Lundgren said: “Providing safe and reliable operations for our customers in this challenging environment is easyJet’s top priority and we are sorry that we have not been able to provide some customers with the service they have come to expect from us.
“While the actions we have taken over the past few weeks to build further resilience have meant that we continue to operate up to 1,700 flights and carry up to a quarter of a million customers per day, the ongoing challenging operating environment is unfortunately continuing to impact what led to cancellations.
“Coupled with airport caps, we are taking preventative measures to increase resilience over the remainder of the summer, including a series of further flight consolidations at affected airports giving customers advance notice and we expect the vast majority to be rebooked on alternative flights within of 24 hours.
“We believe that this is the right measure for us to be able to supply all our customers during the summer peak season in this challenging environment.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/easyjet-slashing-10000-summer-flights-27286439 EasyJet's cancellation of 10,000 summer flights could ruin the holidays of 1.5 MILLION passengers