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British Airways cuts 10,300 flights, chaos in Portugal too

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Enac and the Lazio Region sign a protocol on advanced air mobility (ANSA)

The chaos flights continue in the skies of Europe, which also extends to Portugal while British Airways announces the cut of another 10,300 flights from here until the end of October. The Italian airport system, on the other hand, is governed by the measures introduced by the Government during the pandemic, which “allowed for the rapid return to service” of the staff.

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Social safety nets and supports decided by the Government during the two-year period 2020-2021 have guaranteed the current strong recovery of Italian air traffic by limiting inconvenience “, said the Minister of Sustainable Infrastructures and Mobility, Enrico Giovannini, at the end of the meeting with the employers’ associations (Assaeroporti , Aeroporti 2030, Assaereo, Aicalf, Assohandler, Ibar, Fairo), ENAC and ENAV, on the situation of air transport at the moment.

“This has not happened in other European countries which today are facing one dramatic staff shortage which affects traffic management “, underlined the minister, assuring that the situation in Italian airports will be carefully monitored, which are in any case affected by the inefficiencies and delays of carriers from other European airports.

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Lisbon airport last weekend has canceled over a hundred flights and continues to delete them at the rate of thirty a day. Situation that prompted the Portuguese Parliament to convene the top management of Ana, the Portuguese airport management company which is part of the French Vinci group. In addition to the undeniable dysfunctions, on the agenda there were also the results of a ranking drawn up by the German site AirHelp, which is dedicated to the protection of passengers’ rights and which rejected the Lisbon airport, relegating it to the last place in a list of 132 airports around the world.

Across the Channel, the cuts to flights announced by British Airways are added to those already made in bursts in recent weeks. The decision should not concern long-haul flights. The leaders of the company have stressed that the extra aid promised by the London government will serve to limit these cuts during the summer but that some “flexibility” in the medium term remains necessary.

Source: Ansa

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