More airlines to scrap thousands of flights this winter | The Sun

MORE airlines are being forced to scrap flights this winter, affecting thousands of passengers.

It comes just days after British Airways confirmed 10,000 flights would be cancelled until March 2023.

The UK flag carrier confirmed the cancellations were due to a combination of flight caps at Heathrow, as well as ongoing Covid restrictions.

Airlines across Europe are being forced to follow suit, blaming staff shortages.

SAS Scandinavian Airlines has announced it will axe up to 1,600 flights this autumn, across September and October.

The airline blamed the two-week two-week pilot strike in July – which resulted in 3,700 cancelled flights – and delayed aircraft deliveries.

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And Lufthansa confirmed that a number of flights in their winter schedule will be cancelled until March 26 although wouldn't confirm how many.

The airline said the reduction was so they could offer passengers a "reliable and predictable flight schedule".

Lufthansa has already cancelled thousands of flights this summer due to both staff shortages and strike action.

And Wizz Air confirmed that nearly all flights from Cardiff Airport will be cancelled for the next six months, citing "economic pressures".

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The cancellations come after a summer of chaos caused by a huge demand in travel, as well as staff shortages and strike action.

In response to the recent cancellations, Ryanair added more than one million seats to its UK winter schedule.

CEO Michael O’Leary said: "While BA are cancelling eight per cent of their winter schedule due to staff shortages and 'Hopeless Heathrow’s' capacity restrictions, Ryanair is now adding more capacity to our largest ever UK winter schedule.

"It's so that UK families can book with confidence that they will get to their low-fare city break and winter sun getaways without the risk of flight cancellations."

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