The aviation industry has been going through a really tough time over the past few months. As the pandemic seems to approach an end and countries around the world are easing or completely scrapping travel restrictions, air travel is almost back to 2019 levels.
The sudden surge of demand after 2 hard years has found airlines and airports alike underprepared. As strikes and cancellations are common nowadays, a chaos has installed over Europe. And it is unlikely to go away any time soon.
Some have been more affected than others, Ryanair for example has managed to keep most of its flights for the summer. Others were not so fortunate, British Airways has had to cancel thousands of flights in three stages. Further to Mabrian’s recent analysis on the top 10 airlines by cancellations for European flights, the travel intelligence provider has now carried out a study to examine European flight cancellations by country.
The data compares the number of flights scheduled on June 14 to fly between 1 and 15 July, with flights scheduled as of July 5 and ranks them according to the origin country by the number of flights cancelled – as well as indicating the percentage of flights cancelled Vs the overall flights that destination had scheduled originally.
The biggest impact however is in Germany at 6%, so whilst that means 19 out of 20 flights remain scheduled we shouldn’t forget that German connectivity has been slower than most in recovering to 2019 levels so this could slow the recovery further.Carlos Cendra, Director of Sales and Marketing at Mabrian
“Once again we see that whilst the absolute number are high, in overall terms as a percentage of all flights scheduled the impact isn’t quite as worrying. For example Spain is at the bottom of the percentage ranking, with a rate is close to only 1%”, said Mabrian’s Director of Sales and Marketing Carlos Cendra. “Nonetheless, in general across Europe airlines are finding people alternative flights in many cases, so the number of people having to cancel plans is probably really quite low”, he concluded.