Wizz Air set to cut more flights to deal with summer travel chaos | The Sun

BUDGET European airline Wizz Air has said it will cancel a number of summer flights due to travel chaos.

The Hungarian airlinesaid it would trim its capacity by another five per cent, as part of efforts to avoid flight cancellations and delays.

Trouble has been caused by staffing shortages at airports and in airlines, with operations struggling to match soaring demand from holidaymakers now that Covid restrictions have been lifted.

The threat of strikes across Europe by airline employees and pilots is adding to the woes.

Heathrow warned separately today that it would ask airlines to cancel more flights this summer the chaos continues.

Airlines were ordered by the government and the Civil Aviation Authority last month to make sure their timetables were "deliverable" after the sector was unable to cope with demand during the Platinum Jubilee half-term school holiday.

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Heathrow admitted services levels have "not been acceptable", with passengers suffering long check-in and security queues and problems with baggage handling on top of flight delays and cancellations.

Wizz Air said: "To be able to avoid cancellations and secure a more punctual operation to our customers, we have further improved the agility and resilience of our network including adjusting schedules where we have seen a higher occurrence of issues.

"In total for the peak summer period we expect to reduce utilisation a further five per cent versus the plan outlined at the full year results to reduce the impact of ongoing external disruptions."

Despite this, Wizz Air said it was set for a boost in demand over the summer and is forecasting a "material" operating profit in its July to September quarter.

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This comes after it reported an operating loss of 285 million euros (£241 million) in its first quarter due to rising fuel costs and a strengthening US dollar.

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