The chaos of flights in recent days is attributed to governments and airports that have not reinforced ground staff“The Only Thing They Had to Do”: Chief Economic Officer of Ryanair, Neil Surhan, quoted by BBC. The company records an “exceptional” summer, with profits of 170 million euros, the biggest problem being the interruption of air traffic control. “Flight plans have been known for months, it was only necessary to increase security personnel and control managers,” the director continues. Ryanair “had all the staff on hand, operating 3,000 flights a day,” while the strikes “had little effect.”
German trade union Verdi has started a one-day strike for the employees of the ground company Lufthansa. On Wednesday, he announced delays and inconveniences due to the cancellation of several flights of the German airline.
The situation is relatively stable after the chaos of the past few days, but flights are still conditioned at Heathrow, London Leader Airport in the UK and Europe has been involved in recent weeks, like other European airports, through the heavy fallout associated with summer summits to resume travel after Covid restrictions expire. The setbacks in various infrastructures were exacerbated by the failure to restore ground service personnel promptly, following cuts in staffing in the middle of the pandemic. The start of the crucial last week of July – also threatened in the kingdom by the shadow of new strikes in the transport sector, from trains to some of the same categories of airports – saw Heathrow airport managers ask airlines to cancel at the last minute this morning. About thirty more: as the total number of passengers risked exceeding the amount the airport can currently serve without excessive inconvenience in terms of queues at check-in and passport controls, or baggage delivery. Heathrow Airport set a few days ago a maximum number of passengers per day for various companies until the end of the summer, and instructed them not to accept (or cancel) remaining excess bookings. A decision that has come under criticism and scrutiny by Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority, which Emirates has controversially refused to waive; But then I succumbed somewhat to the dictates, which were partially offset by a few more openings at other London airports such as Gatwick.
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