Deutsche Lufthansa AG management apologized for the disruptions and cancellations hitting the global airline industry and warned the situation will not improve in the near future as airlines and airports struggle to rebuild operations after the pandemic hit.
In a letter sent to customers overnight, Europe’s largest airline group laid out the causes of the chaos, from staff shortages to the war in Ukraine. The airline said global aviation is reaching the limits of available resources, frustrating airlines’ efforts to recover losses after the coronavirus sparked a decades-long travel boom.
“We can only apologize to you for that,” Lufthansa said in a statement. “In the coming weeks, as passenger numbers continue to increase, whether for leisure or business trips, the situation will not improve in the short term.”
Germany’s flagship airline has canceled a total of 3,100 flights after a wave of coronavirus infections exacerbated staff shortages and increased travel chaos in Europe at the start of the crucial summer holiday season. With thousands laid off during the pandemic, airlines and airport ground operations are struggling to meet resurgent travel demand. Lufthansa said the industry is scrambling to rehire thousands of workers, although the push will only have a stabilizing factor next winter.
The war in Ukraine has restricted available airspace in Europe, causing “massive bottlenecks in the skies” and additional delays, Lufthansa said. To counteract capacity restrictions, Lufthansa said in a separate press release yesterday that it is bringing back some of its Airbus A380 superjumbos that had been mothballed during the pandemic.
In addition to staff shortages, some other airlines and airports are grappling with labor disputes as workers demand higher wages to offset rising living costs. Ryanair Holdings Plc workers staged strikes in countries including Spain, Italy and France over the weekend. British Airways check-in staff have threatened to go on strike at London Heathrow Airport.
https://www.independent.ie/business/world/lufthansa-sees-no-short-term-fix-for-flight-chaos-41797245.html Lufthansa sees no short-term solution to the flight chaos