Sharp criticism comes from the CDU.
Because of the current handling problems, Lufthansa is canceling further flights. A company spokesman said on Wednesday in Frankfurt that around 2,000 connections at the Frankfurt and Munich hubs would be affected by the end of August.
It has been seen in the past week that the remaining flight schedule can be stabilized with targeted cancellations. This has now been analyzed and implemented for the next few weeks.
It is already the third wave of Lufthansa flight cancellations this summer. The airline initially canceled a good 3,000 flights for the months of July and August and then canceled 770 further connections for the week up to and including Thursday (July 14). Now there are another 2,000 cancellations over a period of six weeks.
A particularly large number of failures in the morning and evening
Above all, the traffic peaks in the morning and in the evening should be relieved, the spokesman explained. At these times, ground handling services at the hubs are overloaded, so machines have to wait and luggage is left behind.
The spokesman explained that short connections to destinations within Germany or nearby countries, for which there are good alternatives, would be canceled in particular. Flights to specific holiday destinations would only be canceled in exceptional cases.
The transport policy spokesman for the Union faction, Thomas Bareiß, criticizes this sharply. Bareiß told the news portal t-online: “It’s unbelievable. A year and a half ago, the managers were still whining in front of the federal government because their planes were said to no longer be able to fly. Now they should fly again – but they don’t want to or can’t do it anymore.”
For Frankfurt, Germany’s largest airport, the expected peak loads for the summer have not yet been reached. The operator Fraport, the federal police and the main customer Lufthansa are expecting a particularly high rush for the weekend from July 22nd to 24th, because that is when the school holidays in Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate begin.