Gatwick Airport cuts summer flights as staff shortages hit the UK travel industry


London’s Gatwick Airport is reducing the number of daily flights during the busy summer months to avoid repeated serious travel disruptions earlier this month caused by staff shortages.

Travel turmoil has continued for months in the UK, but the situation worsened in early June due to increased demand caused by half-year school holidays and a four-day platinum jubilee weekend, with more than 150 across the UK. The flight has been cancelled. On the eve of Jubilee.

To avoid further confusion, Gatwick Airport plans to limit the daily number of flights in July to 825 and the number of flights in August to 850, compared to the 900 daily flights reported in the same period last year. Said that.

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer of Gatwick Airport, said: By taking decisive action now, we aim to help Grand Handlers, and our airlines, better align their flight programs with their available resources. “

“Passengers can expect more reliable and better service levels,” he said.

The aviation industry is suffering from a serious staff shortage. Airlines and airports have made thousands of employees redundant during the pandemic, but are currently struggling to recruit new workers and handle security checks.

According to a review conducted by Gatwick, many airport-based businesses continue to operate during the summer holidays with significant staff resource shortages.

The airport warned that passengers may experience queues, delays, and cancellations if the issue is not resolved.

Downing Street welcomed the flight reduction plan at Gatwick Airport.

The number 10 spokesman said: Pandemic.

“We have asked the industry to schedule realistic deliveries in the summer, so we clearly welcome this move and provide passengers with certainty ahead of the upcoming vacation later this year.”

Transport Minister Grant Shapps previously blamed travel agencies for Jubilee’s weekend turmoil and accused him of “overselling flights and holidays significantly compared to his delivery capacity,” despite government warnings.

However, industry leaders claim that businesses are suffering from uncertainty about the government’s COVID-19 travel ban. This was completely lifted only on March 18th.

PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan

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