Several domestic flights to Frankfurt have been cancelled.

Due to severe staff shortages at Frankfurt Airport, Lufthansa was compelled to cancel numerous scheduled domestic flights beginning Thursday. Fraport, the operator of Frankfurt Airport, said it is working with airline partners to “stabilise operations at FRA in response to operational challenges” just hours before this declaration. Fraport also indicated that it was doing so as a “precautionary measure” by cancelling individual flights.

The German flag carrier’s spokesperson told Reuters that the crew shortages will interrupt many domestic flights to Frankfurt. Naturally, travellers booked on the impacted flights will be greatly inconvenienced by these sudden cancellations. As a result, Lufthansa will provide replacement train tickets to its clients in order to assist them in reaching their destination.

As part of the recent notice, the airline stated that cancellations will begin on April 7th and will last at least through Sunday. More airlines travelling to FRA are anticipated to cancel flights soon.

Lufthansa hasn’t provided particular details, such as the number of cancelled flights. 

Lufthansa’s response to the situation:

In addition to the known challenges of traffic peaks and corona measures, the ongoing staff shortage in ground handling of Fraport forces us to cancel some flights on short-haul routes from 7 April to 10 April. Passengers affected will be informed immediately and can travel to/from our hub in Frankfurt by train as an alternative. Furthermore, we ask our passengers to arrive at the airport in good time, especially during holiday periods (Easter holidays). We also recommend the use of digital services, online check-in and evening check-in. Hand luggage should also be checked in to avoid long waiting times at the security checkpoints.

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the global aviation sector over the last two years. Due to extremely low passenger demand, several airlines, airports, and other aviation industries were obliged to cut expenses in order to stay alive. Hundreds of pilots, cabin personnel, and ground handlers were laid off by several airlines.

Now that the worst has passed, the aviation industry appears to be on the verge of returning to pre-pandemic levels. However, it will be a challenging task, since airport operators such as Fraport are struggling to hire enough staff to handle the sudden surge in travel demand, resulting in cancellations such as those announced by Lufthansa today. Airports require workers for a variety of positions, but ground handlers appear to be the most in demand at Frankfurt Airport.

– India’s new age travel digital media


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