The flight chaos of recent days is attributable to governments and airports that have not reinforced the ground staff“the only thing they had to do”: the economic head of Ryanair, Neil Sorahan, quoted by BBC. The company is registering a “phenomenal” summer, with profits of 170 million euros, the biggest problem was precisely that of the disruptions to air traffic control. “The flight plans had been known for months, it was only necessary to increase the security personnel and control managers”, continues the manager. Ryanair “had all the staff on hand, operating 3,000 flights a day”, while the strikes “had minimal impact”.
The German trade union Verdi has launched a one-day strike for Lufthansa ground personnel. Delays and inconveniences are announced on Wednesday due to the cancellation of many flights for the German company.
Situation relatively stabilized after the chaos of the past few days, but flights still contingent on Heathrow, London leder airport in the United Kingdom and in Europe involved in recent weeks, like other European airports, by the heavy repercussions linked to the summer peaks of the resumption of travel following the end of the Covid restrictions. Setbacks aggravated in various infrastructures by the failure to promptly restore the staff of the ground services, after the cuts in personnel made in the middle of the pandemic. The start of the crucial last week of July – threatened in the Kingdom also by the shadow of new strikes in the transport sector, from trains to some of the same airport categories – saw Heathrow managers ask carriers for last-minute cancellations this morning. of about thirty other flights: since the total number of passengers risked exceeding the amount that the airport is currently “able to serve” without excessive inconvenience in terms of queues at check-in and passport controls, or the delivery of luggage. Heathrow days ago set a ceiling of daily passengers to the various companies until the end of the summer, instructing them not to accept (or cancel) the remaining reservations in excess. A decision subjected to criticism and scrutiny by the British civil aviation control authority, and to which Emirates had controversially refused to yield; but then resigned obtorto neck to the diktat, partially offset by a few more slots in other London airports such as Gatwick.