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Eoghan Corry: Flight cancellations ‘will last all summer’

Flight cancellations are expected to last through the summer, according to a travel expert.

Eoghan Corry spoke as Aer Lingus says it is working to accommodate passengers who have been affected by recent cancellations.

The Irish airline canceled six flights on Thursday and four more on Friday, due to COVID-related staff absences.

Airports across Europe are also asking airlines to cut flights because staff are not there to process them.

People walking in the cabin of a Vueling plane before take off in Barcelona, ​​Spain, in August 2021. Photo by: Martin Silva Cosentino / Alamy Stock Photo

Editor of Air and travel magazineEoghan Corry, Told hard shoulder operators are trying to figure out what they can offer.

“I suspect the cancellations are going to be there all summer long.

“Aer Lingus will obviously have explained that the abscedents of the COVID put their schedule a little under pressure.

“But many airlines have taken the plunge: in May British Airways canceled 10% of its entire schedule just on the list.

“EasyJet lost 700 flights last weekend and canceled 10,000 going forward.

“So all the airlines are looking at what they can offer, seeing that they won’t measure up.

“The two Irish airlines that handle most of the traffic – Ryanair and Aer Lingus – seem to have managed to keep it going so far.

“Where the cancellations will trigger, it will likely be external issues again.”

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And he says the majority of cancellations happen the day before the day of travel.

“Cancellations will be of three types: two weeks left [with] a bit of schedule slicing – Aer Lingus did it.

“The day before an airport usually tells you to cancel…everyone is contacted by email and text, and rescheduled if possible.

“Then the real problem one, and I made a tot today: 27% of flights canceled last week at Dublin Airport were canceled within six hours.

“So it’s a big problem when passengers are already at the airport – I think we’ll see less of that in the future.”

Main image: A flight information board at Dublin Airport is seen during an air traffic control strike in January 2010. Photo by: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo/Julien Behal
Cory E. Barnes

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