Almost Half of Eurowings Flights Canceled Due to Strike

London and Paris Airports Cancel More Flights

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London Heathrow and Paris-Charles de Gaulle airports are cancelling more flights for fear they cannot handle the passenger flow.

 

The travel world is struggling with a strong catch-up demand as Europeans want to go on holiday en masse this summer after the travel restrictions due to the corona pandemic. With airports and airlines struggling to recruit new employees following the layoffs during the pandemic, chaos has erupted at many European airports.

Heathrow has asked airlines to remove 30 flights from their schedules on Thursday morning amid fears peak passenger numbers will exceed levels it can safely handle. The French civil aviation authority ordered a 17 percent reduction on flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle on Thursday due to a firefighters’ strike. As a result of the strike, Air France cancelled 62 flights.

Although the affected flights represent only a small fraction of the total number of flights at the two major airports, these last-minute cancellations add to the uncertainty among travellers. British Airways, the largest user of Heathrow, has already cut its capacity by 10 percent this summer to cope with the crowds. Schiphol has also limited its capacity for this summer due to staff shortages.

Air traffic at Paris-Charles de Gaulle also threatens to be disrupted on Friday by possible new strikes. Talks between airport operator AĆ©roports de Paris and trade unions earlier this week did not lead to an agreement on the wage demands of the staff.

A strike is also imminent at Hamburg airport, the fifth busiest airport in Germany. The German trade union Verdi has called on technical personnel at the airport to stop working for 24 hours on Friday after failing to reach an agreement on a pay rise.

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