EasyJet cuts more flights amid busy summer season to help manage disruption

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British low-cost carrier easyJet said on Monday it was cutting more flights in the busy summer period to help manage operational problems, including staff shortages in ground handling and flight caps at London Gatwick and Amsterdam.

The airline said it now expected its capacity in the quarter to end-June to be around 87 percent of 2019 levels, and its fourth quarter to end-September to be around 90 percent, adding that there would be a cost impact from the disruption.

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Last month it had said it expected to operate 90 percent of 2019 this quarter and around 97 percent in its fourth.

It said a very tight labor market for crew, compounded by increased security check times for new staff, had reduced its resilience further.

Chief Executive Johan Lundgren said the airline was sorry it had not been able to deliver the service customers had come to expect.

“While in recent weeks the action we have taken to build in further resilience has seen us continue to operate up to 1,700 flights and carry up to a quarter of a million customers a day, the ongoing challenging operating environment has unfortunately continued to have an impact which has resulted in cancellations,” he said.

“Coupled with airport caps, we are taking pre-emptive actions to increase resilience over the balance of summer.”

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