British Airways has announced it will cancel hundreds of flights this summer

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British Airways announced today that it will cancel hundreds of flights this summer as it already struggles to keep up with rising demand and staff shortages.

“As the aviation sector as a whole faces the most difficult period in its history, it has unfortunately become necessary to further reduce” the number of flights, the company said in a statement sent to AFP. British Airways operated around 850 flights a day before the Covid-19 pandemic and had already reduced its activity by 10% for the April-October period. With the new cancellations, route reductions will reach 11%.

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“We are in contact with customers to apologize and offer them to book (another flight) or fully compensate them,” the company assured.

After the lifting of health restrictions in many countries and especially in the UK, airlines have struggled to meet the sharp increase in demand, mainly because they do not have enough staff. Scenes of chaos unfolded at British airports, especially at weekends, with huge queues and hundreds of canceled flights. Companies and airports laid off thousands of workers during the pandemic. British Airways had axed around 10,000 jobs at the time.

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British Airways ground staff at Heathrow Airport recently called for strike action during the summer holidays.

British carrier EasyJet, which has also canceled hundreds of flights in recent months, announced on Monday that its chief operating officer, Peter Bellew, had resigned.


Source: Capital

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