Several companies have been forced to cancel thousands of flights following the decline in tourism echoing the arrival of the omicron variant and the health measures of several countries. By the editorial staff Published on 01/01/2022 at 20:28 Reading time: 1 min The company Lufthansa has decided to cancel some 33,000 flights this winter (10% of its schedule) following the Omicron variant and the new restrictions created in many countries. While Ryanair, the largest European airline by number of passengers, warned that its annual loss would probably be double what it expected.
Lufthansa explained that it had to make 18,000 flights without passengers in order to keep its airport slots, reports BFMTV. Indeed, if it had been able, the company would have eliminated these thousands of flights, but European rules on airport slots force the German company to provide them, even though there would be no passengers on board. According to these rules, companies are (during a Covid period) obliged to use at least 50% of the slots allocated to them. The company regretted this legislation which harms “the climate” and sends a signal contrary “to what the European Commission is doing with its ‘Fit for 55′”.