EasyJet have confirmed it has cancelled 1,700 flights in July, August, and September, primarily from London Gatwick.
The carrier has stated that it could not deliver its full summer schedule as a result of “unprecedented air traffic control delays” and said these “pre-emptive adjustments” were not a sign of the same kind of problems with ground staffing that forced easyJet and other airlines to cancel thousands of flights last year.
An easyJet spokesperson said: “We are currently operating up to around 1,800 flights and carrying around 250,000 customers per day with more crew and pilots flying then ever before and like all airlines, we review our flights on an ongoing basis.
“As Euro control has stated, the whole industry is seeing challenging conditions this summer with more constrained air space due to the war in Ukraine resulting in unprecedented ATC delays, as well as further potential ATC strike action.
“We have therefore made some pre-emptive adjustments to our programme consolidating a small number of flights at Gatwick, where we have multiple daily frequencies, in order to help mitigate these external challenges.
“Customers whose flights are affected are being informed, with 95% of passengers being rebooked onto an alternative flight and all customers provided with the option to rebook or receive a refund.”
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