The Omikron wave guarantees a reduction in the number of airlines served worldwide, including AUA. In response to the APA’s request, the German subsidiary of Lufthansa announced today: “Unfortunately, due to the mixed pandemic and booking status, we have also had to reduce our original flight schedule primarily between calendar weeks 3-8 2022.”
This affects the transcontinental routes Vienna – Montreal and Vienna – Tehran as well as the continental routes Vienna – Bologna, Vienna – Cologne, Vienna – Zaporizhia, Vienna – Sibiu, Vienna – Nuremberg and Leipzig, Vienna – Manchester and Vienna – Palma, according to the airline.
Switzerland cancels 2,900 flights
Sister company Swiss has canceled about 2,900 flights on its winter schedule. Switzerland announced today that the cancellations will mainly affect the period from mid-January to the end of March. In the past few weeks, 1,200 flights have already been cancelled. Now there are 1,700 more cancellations. The total number of canceled flights, 2,900, represents about eight percent of the flights planned.
The parent company Lufthansa has also canceled several flights in the winter schedule due to lack of demand. Every tenth flight planned will be cancelled, and a total of 33,000 connections have been cancelled. The Germans justified this week’s stoppage with a “sharp drop in bookings”. Europe’s largest low-cost airline Ryanair, the parent company of Lauda Europe, has announced that it will cut its flight program by a third in January.
There is currently a lot going on in the air. US airlines have canceled hundreds of flights over Christmas due to Omikron. According to CNN, about 1,700 flights within the United States or to and from the United States have been affected by cancellations.
At Germany’s largest airport in Frankfurt, the Christmas holidays went smoothly and quietly, according to information provided by the company. Until today everything is going well, said a spokesman for the operator Fraport.