Flight cancellations cost EasyJet 157 million euros

British low-cost airline EasyJet said on Tuesday that cancellations and delays caused by a lack of flight and ground staff cost it 133 million pounds (157 million euros) in the second quarter.

The situation improved in July, she said.

„We have taken steps to build the resilience needed this summer and operations have normalized,” chief executive Johan Lundgren said, after the group announced a pre-tax loss of £114m for the April-June period. .

An „unprecedented ramp-up” in the aviation sector, coupled with a tight labor market, led to operational difficulties that translated into a higher than usual number of cancellations, it said. he declares.

EasyJet cut its summer schedule last month, in part to comply with caps imposed by London Gatwick and Amsterdam Schiphol airports, to stabilize operations and minimize disruption to passengers.

Despite the problems, the company said it flew 95% of its planned schedule in the quarter and carried 22 million passengers.