EasyJet cancels 2% of summer flights over air traffic worries

The cancellations affect the holiday plans of 180,000 customers, which the airline blames on air traffic control challenges across Europe

Jul 11, 2023

The travel industry is on high alert for disruption this summer after Europe's peak season last year was hit by cancellations, causing chaos at airports, because the industry did not have enough staff to handle the rapid bounce back in demand after the pandemic.

Key takeaways

  • This summer, air traffic control issues are likely to be the weak spot, according to warnings from Eurocontrol, which manages European airspace;
  • EasyJet said that making changes now meant it could avoid last-minute cancellations which were more costly and caused passengers more inconvenience;
  • The airline has cancelled 1,700 flights, mostly from its biggest base at London's Gatwick airport, out of the 90,000 scheduled for the rest of July and August.

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