The high demand for travel after two years of the pandemic collapses international air traffic: more than 10,000 delayed flights

Passengers queue inside the departure hall of Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport in London, Britain, on June 27, 2022. (REUTERS / Henry Nicholls) (HENRY NICHOLLS /)

Travel demand after two years of pandemic continues to cause disruptions in international air traffic.

In airports around the world More than 10,000 delayed flights and 1,700 cancellations were registered this Mondayaccording to the tracking data of the specialized site FlightAware. That number could easily double by the end of the day.

Following problems at US airports during travel for the 4th of July celebrations, Asia Y Europe they have now become the epicenter of delays and cancellations.

This Monday, the London airport of Heathrow apologized to passengers whose trips were interrupted by staff shortages and warned that it could ask airlines to cut more flights from their summer schedules to reduce tension if the chaos persists.

HeathrowBritain’s busiest airport, said service levels have been unacceptable at times in recent weeks, with long queues for security, delays in helping passengers with reduced mobility, and lost or late luggage.

“We want to apologize to the passengers who have been affected by this”the airport said in a monthly traffic update.

Passengers line up for luggage outside Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 in London, Britain, June 19, 2022. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Passengers line up for luggage outside Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 in London, Britain, June 19, 2022. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls (HENRY NICHOLLS/)

The London airport also reported that has asked airlines to cancel 61 flights Given the impossibility of managing the high number of passengers passing through its facilities, while unclaimed baggage has accumulated in arrivals due to a technical failure in the baggage system.

To compound the problem, Heathrow said the punctuality of arriving flights is “very low” due to delays at other airports and airspace congestion throughout Europe.

The arrival of summer in the northern hemisphere and the massive return to travel after two years of coronavirus restrictions has flooded the airlines and airports in Europe, which have been left without staff after laying off many pilots, cabin crew, check-in staff, ground staff and baggage handlers.

In addition to Heathrow, the schiphol airport of amsterdam it also continues to face staffing problems at the start of the summer holidays, which is leaving queues of up to two hours to access the airfield, even though airlines have been canceling flights to reduce pressure on the airport.

The aerodrome urges passengers not to go to the airport more than four hours before the departure of their flight because this generates “unnecessary queues”, especially in the early morning and in the afternoon, because the check-in counters are not open for the arrival of travelers and passengers crowd the airport.

Long lines at Shipol airport, one of the busiest in Europe (REUTERS / Piroschka van de Wouw)
Long lines at Shipol airport, one of the busiest in Europe (REUTERS / Piroschka van de Wouw) (PIROSCHKA VAN DE WOUW /)

Shortages of security, cleaning and baggage staff have been causing problems at the airport since this spring, leading to Schiphol to ask airlines to cooperate in reducing passengers passing through the airport, with the cancellation of trips planned for the summer holidays or diverting flights to other nearby aerodromes.

In Asia and Oceania the situation was no better: At seven Chinese airports, more than one in five flights were canceled today.

In Australia40% of flights operated by Virgin Australia and 35% by Qantas-owned low-cost carrier Jetstar were delayed, as were 29% by Australian flag carrier Qantas.

According to a new survey, Nearly four in five travelers (79%) who took an overnight trip outside of their local area this year experienced at least one travel-related problem. These issues include high prices (57%), long waits (29%), poor customer service (27%), hard-to-find availability (26%), and loss of money due to canceled or interrupted plans (14%).

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