From Australia to the UK to Spain, the world is seeing thousands of flights being delayed or canceled, in between Capacity crisis affecting the aviation industry,
The COVID-19 pandemic, employee sickness, staff cuts, poor planning and a resurgence of demand, added to other problems (as usual: breakdowns, weather…), are shaping a “perfect storm” Airport congestion, leading to long queues, delays, cancellations, complaints, strikes and resignations,
It is affecting airports in different parts of the world, though not in the same way. Heathrow (London, United Kingdom), the busiest in Europe (before the pandemic it had traffic of up to 80 million people a year), asked airlines to reduce summer ticket sales to “limit the impact on passengers”. I have come to say and introduced a daily limit of 100,000 passengers flying out of the airport.
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“It won’t be easy to fix it. It is quite possible that we will have another summer with this rangeIt will take 12 to 18 monthsAnd it’s not just Heathrow,” its general manager, John Holland-Kaye, warned in the statement. bloomberg,
For its part, the Spanish government acknowledges that the situation is “worrisome” and that they “have to be very vigilant about its effects”, but point out that these problems are not affecting the country.
According to data handled by the executive, there have been 1% cancellations in the first half of July.
“I think it’s out of the ordinary. It is true that we have seen a drop in capacity in recent weeks, but they are in line with the rest of the holiday destinations.”The Secretary of State for Tourism, Fernando Valdés, assures in an interview with Business Insider Spain,
“Spain is the one that is losing the least air capacity among a group of countries like Germany, France, Italy and even Greece and Egypt,” explains Valdés.
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Nor do different flight companies suffer equally from this air traffic chaos, with the difference ranging from 6% of their canceled flights to just 0.1%, according to data from the analysis company Cirium, collected by . bloomberg,
according to the report, These are the airlines that have had the most (and least) flight cancellations In respect of those scheduled in the last 3 months up to 26 July:
- Virgin Australia, 5.9% of your canceled flights
- KLM: 5,8% canceled flights
- Air New Zealand: 3.7% to cancel
- Qantas: 3.3% frequency of cancellation
- Lufthansa: 3,1%
- British Airways: 3.0%
- American Airlines: 2.6%
- United Airlines: 2.6%
- Delta Air Lines: 2.5%
- Iberia: 1.4%
- LATAM Airlines: 1.2%
- Air France: 0,9%
- Ryanair: 0.7%
- Japan Airlines: 0,6%
- Ana: 0.5%
- Southwest Airlines: 0,5%
- AirAsia: 0.3%
- Cathay Pacific: 0.3%
- Singapore Airlines: 0.1%
as can be seen, Virgin Australia is the airline with the most number of cancellations in recent monthsThe Australian company founded by billionaire Richard Branson and had to cancel some 2,200 flights, which accounted for about 5.91% of scheduled flights.
This is followed by the Dutch KLM on the podium, which has indicated a lack of security personnel at airports for other reasons and has announced measures such as the suppression of flights to Europe and a ban on ticket sales, and New Zealand Air New . Zeeland , which has said it was affected by inclement weather and tripled the crew’s normal rate of illness.
In addition, the analysis of cerium also shows that Their current cancellation rates are higher than before the pandemic, rising to between 4 and 5 times,
In the same period (April to July) but in 2019 Virgin Australia had 1.44% cancellations, which is now 5.9% (more than 4 times increase) and KLM’s rate is 1.08% (now 5.4 times higher), compared to 2.77. Air New Zealand (multiplied by 1.34), 2.30% for Qantas (multiplied by 1.4) and 1.42% for Lufthansa (more than double increase).
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result in delays and cancellations people’s claimswhat In Spain they have even exceeded pre-pandemic levelsBetween June 1 and mid-July, there has been an 18% increase in cancellation claim requests compared to 2019 and this trend is expected to remain stable over the following months, as explained by Flights Claims Business Insider Spain,
among Airlines with fewer canceled flights Recently, many from Asia and the Pacific have stood out and, above all, Singapore Airlines Ltd., has left 0.1% of aircraft departures compared to those planned.
Although the report covers a group of 19 major airlines in the world, including Iberia (1.4% flight cancellations) and Ryanair (which has called for a strike, and which represents 0.7% of canceled flights), this is a relatively small sample of existing ones globally (it doesn’t even include those in China), so There may be other lesser known companies with poor results.color bloomberg,