Due to a staffing deficit, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) has become the most recent to ask airlines to cancel flights. Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) applauds the initiative.
From July 18, 2022, Frankfurt Airport’s takeoffs and landings will be capped at 88 per hour. Frankfurt Airport is the busiest airport in Germany. Operator Fraport had already decreased hourly movements from 104 to 96.
Like other airports in Europe, Frankfurt has had difficulty managing the sudden increase in travel demand brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak and has been unable to quickly rehire workers. Particularly impacted are ground handling services, and the airport has issued warnings to travelers about extended wait times for bags during busy times.
Thousands of flights across schedules at airlines including Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) and Eurowings have already been canceled by the Lufthansa Group. The association predicted that as a result of the Fraport decision, other airlines would now also be reducing their flight schedules.
“Since the already increased capacities of the ground handling services in Frankfurt are still not sufficient due to a high sickness absence rate, even for the flight schedule that has already been reduced several times, the decision taken by Fraport today is right,” Jens Ritter, CEO of Lufthansa Airline, said in a statement on July 15, 2022.
In an effort to reduce traffic during the busy summer travel season, London Heathrow Airport (LHR) has also requested airlines reduce their flight schedules. However, Emirates has already objected, claiming that the requests are unrealistic.