Crisis at airports | Cancellation of thousands of flights in Europe

Flight cancellations continued to increase around the world on Wednesday. And for the umpteenth day, Air Canada has climbed to the top of the world rankings for delayed flights.

Posted at 8:08 p.m

Purple Dussault

Purple Dussault
The press

At the end of the day on Wednesday, 56% Air Canada flights had been delayed, according to the FlightAware website consulted at 10 p.m. The Canadian airline is the only one in the world to have had more than half its flights delayed. Pakistan International Airline ranked second with 49% of its flights being delayed.

Toronto Pearson Airport ranked third and fourth among airports worldwide for delayed flights (departures and arrivals) with 42% and 39% of delayed flights, respectively.

Montreal’s Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau Airport performed better, with 33% and 28% of delayed flights (departures and arrivals), respectively.

Passenger flow at Canadian airports during peak hours is already at 2019 levels, though it’s closer to 80% of total pre-pandemic volumes, experts say.

Government agencies for airport security and customs have made a series of recruitments, according to the German Transport Ministry, with more than 900 new security screening officers deployed since April – although not all have permission to operate the scanners.

Air Canada hired more than 2,000 airport employees and more than 750 in customer service centers this year, for a workforce of over 32,000 employees, or 93% of 2019 levels.

Thousands of flights canceled

British Airways announced on Wednesday it would cancel 10,300 additional flights by the end of October to make up for staff shortages, despite having already reduced its flight schedule by several months.

The day before, 657 flights by the Lufthansa subsidiary Brussels Airlines had also been canceled.

In Portugal, the director general of ANA, which manages 10 airports in the country, admitted on Wednesday that there had been “sometimes serious” problems at airports. As elsewhere, dozens of flights have been canceled in Portugal in recent days, especially in Lisbon.

Last week, Air Canada announced it would be restricting about 154 flights per day in July and August.

First lawsuit against KLM for misleading advertising

Environmental groups said on Wednesday they intend to sue Dutch airline KLM over “misleading” advertising about the sustainability and environmental credentials of its flights.

The NGOs said they had filed a subpoena in the Amsterdam court after giving KLM an ultimatum in May asking them to change their advertising campaigns.

“It is now high time to file the first global lawsuit against misleading claims of sustainable development in the aviation sector,” said Dutch association Fossielvrij NL, which originated the approach and is supported by NGO ClientEarth, in a press release.

With Agence France-Presse and The Canadian Press

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