Numerous flight cancellations: Easyjet leaves vacationers on the ground

Numerous flight cancellations: Easyjet leaves vacationers on the ground
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In the past few days, the low-cost airline Easyjet (48 million passengers in 2020) has apparently had massive problems taking off. From Berlin alone, seven planes remained on the ground on Thursday and Friday. Flights to Cologne, Copenhagen, Mallorca and Athens were affected.

Vacationers were left in the dark, either couldn’t fly at all or rebooked at short notice and expensively on other airlines at their own expense. Many only found out about the cancellation at the airport – although no unforeseeable storms raged.

“We all looked at each other confused”

►A tourist to BILD who wanted to go from Berlin to Cologne: “The departure would have been on Thursday at 5.40 p.m., it said ‘boarding follows’ the whole time. At 5:30 p.m., the announcement came that the flight was delayed. At 6 p.m. the stewardess came and said the flight was cancelled. We all looked at each other in confusion.”

You could then either apply for a refund or a rebooking via the app.

And the company also had massive problems at other Easyjet locations. Among other things, a Twitter user complained that he was stuck with 23 children from a sports team in Belfast.

Another UK user wrote that his family holiday was gone as there were no alternative flights for a week, he had lost thousands of pounds.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. @easyjet is getting complaints every minute on Twitter.

Easyjetflüge am Donnerstag in Belfast – diese wurden alle annulliertPhoto: private

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Easyjet flights in Belfast on Thursday – these have all been cancelledPhoto: private

According to the newspaper “Independent”, Easyjet had to cancel 40 flights at London Gatwick Airport alone on Thursday. The reason is said to be “IT problems”.

“Sick leave higher than usual”

BILD asked Easyjet what’s going on and whether further problems are to be expected.

“Unfortunately, some flights at the Berlin-Brandenburg location cannot be operated because the crew’s sick leave is higher than usual and due to the consequences of yesterday’s IT system malfunction, which has since been rectified. Due to the IT disruptions, we had to cancel 200 flights, mainly in Great Britain,” says a spokeswoman for BILD.

Six of the seven canceled Berlin flights were canceled because the crews were sick.

Possibly longer problems?

The sick leave in Berlin coincided with a bitter announcement by the airline.

Easyjet only announced on Tuesday that it would reduce the fleet at BER from 18 to 11 aircraft. The reason given was that demand had fallen sharply, while at the same time the fees for the airline at Berlin’s capital airport were high.

So could there still be outages in the coming days?

The spokeswoman: “It is in our interest to carry out the flights as planned. We want to catch that with standby crews. Easyjet has a sufficient number of flight attendants and standby crews to handle normal sick leave.”

One thing is clear: the corona pandemic has hit the low-cost airline hard. Between 2011 and 2019 there were always whopping annual profits of between 240 and 600 million euros, 2020 and 2021 were a disaster with losses of more than one billion euros each. The share price has fallen from around EUR 15 to EUR 6.33 since the pandemic began.


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