With the removal of Coronavirus travel restrictions, air travel to, from and across Europe is slowly returning to normal, with the European Travel Commission (ETC) predicting 70 per cent of pre-pandemic travel in continent will be recovered this year.
Returning travelers, however, found many airlines unprepared due to the shortage of workers they laid off at the start of the pandemic, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
As a result, the world, and especially Europe, has seen a wave of flight cancellations and delays, disrupting the travel plans of millions around the world, leaving them stranded. for a few hours at the airports or even not getting home on time.
The number of flights canceled and delayed in the summer months is higher than ever, and travelers are now advised to avoid overcrowded airports and try to book with airlines where there is less chance. have a flight canceled or delayed.
Newly released data from Hopper Inc, an online travel agency backed by Goldman, shows that Brussels airport and Frankfurt International Airport had the highest number of delayed flights for July, while the latter also had the highest number of canceled flights.
“Both airlines and airports across Europe have struggled to meet the rising demand for travel resulting from nearly two years of closed borders and depressed travel during the peak wave of the covid-19 pandemic.”Pointed out a press release issued by Hopper Inc along with the data.
According to the same, the top ten airports with the highest number of delayed flights for July are as follows:
- Brussels Airport (BRU), Brussels, Belgium – 72 per cent delayed, 2.5 per cent canceled
- Frankfurt International Airport (FRA), Frankfurt, Germany – 68 percent delayed, 7.8 percent canceled
- Eindhoven Airport (EIN)Eindhoven, Netherlands – 67 percent delayed, 1.8 percent canceled
- Luton Airport (LTN)London, United Kingdom – 66 per cent delayed, 2.7 per cent canceled
- Liszt Ferenc International Airport (BUD)Budapest, Hungary – 65 percent delayed, 2.1 percent canceled
- Lisbon Airport (LIS)Lisbon, Portugal – 65 percent delayed, 4.8 percent canceled
- Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG)Paris, France – 62 percent delayed, 3.1 percent canceled
- Schiphol Airport (AMS)Amsterdam, Netherlands – 61 per cent delayed, 5.2 per cent canceled
- Cote D’Azur Airport (NCE)Nice, France – 60 percent delayed, 3.4 percent canceled
- Gatwick Airport (LGW)London, United Kingdom – 59 per cent delayed, 1.4 per cent canceled
The press release also includes a list of the top ten airports in Europe with the lowest number of cancellations and delays, four of which are located in Spain, as follows:
- Bergamo/Orio al Serio Airport (BGY)Bergamo, Italy – three percent delayed, one percent canceled
- Gran Canaria Airport (LPA)Gran Canaria, Spain – eight percent delayed, 0.3 percent canceled
- Otopeni International Airport (OTP)Bucharest, Romania – ten percent delayed, 1.7 percent canceled
- Dublin International Airport (DUB)Dublin, Ireland – 15 per cent delayed, 1.6 per cent canceled
- Fontanarossa Airport (CTA)Catania, Italy – 16 percent delayed, 1.1 percent canceled
- Adolfo Suarez-Barajas Airport (MAD)Madrid, Spain – 19 percent delayed, 0.4 percent canceled
- Alicante Airport (ALC)Province of Alicante, Spain – 20 percent delayed, 3.4 percent canceled
- Marseille Airport (MRS)Marseille, France – 20 per cent delayed, 2.0 per cent canceled
- Orly Field (ORY)Paris, France, 21 percent delayed, 1.2 percent canceled
- Malaga Airport (AGP)Malaga, Spain, 24 percent delayed, 3.3 percent canceled
The press release also advised travelers to avoid flying on weekend days as those are the days with most people at airports. Instead it suggests that Mondays and Tuesdays are the best days for departures from busy airports in Europe.
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