EasyJet announced on Monday that in response to subsequent flight caps at two of its largest airports, London Gatwick and Amsterdam, it was canceling a number of flights to give customers time to review their journey and seek a solution. Flights from other airports are also likely to be affected.
According to the low-cost airline, quoted by The Guardianwhat is expected with this notice is that the majority of passengers will be able to obtain alternative flights within 24 hours, preferably on the same day they originally planned to travel.
The reduction in EasyJet’s transport capacity for this summer is directly linked to the severe shortage of employees in the aviation sector.
“The current difficult operating environment has unfortunately continued to have an impact, resulting in cancellations,” said EasyJet Chief Executive Johan Lundgren, adding that “alongside airport caps, preventative measures are being taken to increase the resistance compared to the summer balance. “.
Due to the “unprecedented” resumption of air traffic in the first half of 2022, after the lifting of health restrictions, “aviation in Europe is facing operational difficulties” which include “delays in traffic control and the lack personnel” at airports, which has led to successive delays and cancellations of flights.
“A struggling job market across the industry, including cabin crew, and the increased time needed to verify the identity” of applicants for aviation jobs are hampering efforts to accelerate the offer, he adds.
“This is reflected in the recently announced flight limits at two of our largest airports, Gatwick, London and Amsterdam,” he said, adding that “this is the right action to take (…) in this challenging environment”.
Gatwick Airport announced on Friday that it was limiting the number of daily flights in July and August to avoid a repeat of the chaos seen at airports in recent weeks.
“There will be a cost of the impact” of these measures, warns the British low-cost airline in a press release, without giving further details, but adding that the medium-term outlook remains “attractive”.
EasyJet also stresses that bookings remain “strong”, with those for the fourth quarter of the year (which ends September 30) already at pre-pandemic levels of 2019.
The British carrier’s outlook for the third quarter, which ends June 30, now points to carrying capacity of 87% of FY19 levels, down from the 90% forecast so far.
This represents a total of 140,000 flights, 22 million passengers and 550% capacity compared to the same period in 2021, when pandemic-related restrictions still paralyzed most air traffic.
In the fourth quarter, from July to September, the transport capacity is expected to be around 90% of the level of fiscal year 2019, against 97% expected so far.