Apr 12, 2022

BA and easyJet can’t play blame game over flights chaos

EasyJet and British Airways cancelled roughly a thousand flights to or from the UK between them in the final week of March, according to data from aviation analytics company Cirium. At easyJet meanwhile no-notice cancellations have eased since the first weekend in April, after which it adjusted flight plans. EasyJet ended up cutting roughly 2,000 - less than half the number originally planned but still a hefty chunk of what was a 15,000-strong workforce. EasyJet has pinned the cause for cancellations on unprecedented levels of staff sickness, with illness levels of twice the normal amount at 13 per cent. Still, as easyJet has moved to compete less with the likes of lower-cost Ryanair and Wizz, where ultra-cheap fares excuse some service shortfalls, it will be held to higher standards bearing greater reputational risk when things go wrong.

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