Also in Munich: Lufthansa cancels 2200 summer flights – these destinations are affected

Lufthansa machines will take off less frequently than expected this summer. – Photo: Boris Roessler / dpa

Lufthansa will cancel another 2,200 flights during the main holiday season due to staff shortages. The group “will remove 2,200 of the 80,000 flights in the hubs of Frankfurt am Main and Munich from the system”.

In addition to cancellations, there may be changes to flight schedules, a spokesperson for the company said Thursday, confirming a report in the newspaper “Bild”.

According to the spokesperson, the cancellations concern in particular German and intra-European domestic flights, but not the classic holiday destinations well used during the holiday season.

Lufthansa and its subsidiary Eurowings announced in early June that they would cancel more than 1,000 flights in July on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays due to staff shortages. “Flight safety strikes, weather events and, in particular, an increase in the rate of corona disease have now put a strain on the system,” the Lufthansa spokesman said Thursday. There had been short-term sick leave for the past few days.

Affected passengers will be notified immediately

Passengers will be informed immediately of cancellations and, if possible, rebooked on other eligible Lufthansa flights, as announced by the spokesperson. Alternatively, passengers can travel by train within Germany. “Flights in particular for which our passengers can be offered a corresponding alternative travel by plane or train will be canceled.”

Lufthansa did not take the decision lightly and regrets the cancellations and associated inconvenience for guests, the spokesperson pointed out. However, the “consolidation of the flight plan” is an essential measure with which the airline wants to ensure greater stability of the flight plan throughout the summer. The spokesperson explained that this should avoid excessive strain on field procedures at peak times.

During the holiday season, passengers should arrive at the airport on time and use digital offers such as online check-in and overnight check-in, Lufthansa advises. Hand baggage should also be reduced to essentials to avoid long waiting times at security checks. -Pope

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