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Gatwick Airport will cut summer flights due to a shortage of staff

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Due to a staffing deficit, London Gatwick Airport (LGW) will less flights before the summer season.

Gatwick will operate 850 daily flights instead of 825 in July and August. The airport typically handles 900 planes per day.

Gatwick stated in a press statement that the maximum number of flights will be steadily increased over time.

“We are also working closely with our airlines to avoid disruption to passengers this summer, and while more newly recruited staff will start work in coming weeks, we know it will be a busy summer,” Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick Airport said.

Wingate added: “However, it is clear that during the Jubilee week a number of companies operating at the airport struggled in particular, because of staff shortages. By taking decisive action now, we aim to help the ground handlers – and also our airlines – to better match their flying programs with their available resources.”

In order to guarantee a smooth passenger service over the summer, Gatwick claimed to have hired 400 new personnel.

A total of 10 million passengers passed through London Gatwick in the first half of 2022.

Due to recent staff shortages, the largest airports in the UK, including Gatwick, have been experiencing long lines as well as several flight cancellations and delays.

The COVID-19 outbreak sent many workers into furlough, and the accompanying rise in demand for air travel before this year’s summer peak period have left the aviation sector with a personnel shortage.

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