Frankfurt Airport intends to reduce the number of take-off and
landings at its facility to 88 movements per hour, the airport announced
late last week.
The move comes after other airports, including Heathrow, have
restricted the number of flights operated or the number of passenger
departures in order to get a handle on service disruptions, which have
mounted this summer amid strong travel demand.
Lufthansa Airlines CEO Jens Ritter welcomed the Frankfurt Airport
decision, noting that even though the airport had increased the
capacities of ground handling services, it still was "not sufficient due
to a high sickness absence rate, even for the flight schedule that has
already been reduced several times," he said in a statement.
The German carrier already had cancelled flights "in several waves"
to relieve the overall system. "This has disappointed many thousand
customers, caused enormous additional work for our employees and
additional costs in the millions," Ritter said. "Other airlines flying
to and from Frankfurt will now also contribute to an even reduction and
stabilisation with flight cancellations."
Frankfurt reported that June was its busiest month since the pandemic
started, with about 5 million passengers traveling through the German
hub, a 181 percent increase year on year. Compared with 2019, however,
passenger traffic still was down for the month by 24.1 percent.
Last week's announcement on capacity caps at Heathrow of 100,000
departures daily until 11 September caused Emirates to release a
scathing rebuke of the decision. However, Emirates president Tim Clark
and Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye met 15 July to work out an
agreed the airline was ready and willing to work with the airport to
remediate the situation over the next two weeks, to keep demand and
capacity in balance and provide passengers with a smooth and reliable
journey through Heathrow this summer," the two executives said in a
joint statement. "Emirates has capped further sales on its flights out
of Heathrow until mid-August … and is working to adjust capacity. In the
meantime, Emirates flights from Heathrow operate as scheduled and
ticketed passengers may travel as booked."
Other airports with capacity caps thus far include London's Gatwick,
which in June announced a capacity cap of 825 flights per day for July
and up to 850 per day in August to "align its growth trajectory with
airlines and ground handler's resource capabilities," the airport said
in a statement.
Amsterdam's Schiphol airport also in June announced maximums placed
on departing passengers for July and August, varying by day, that would
increase to 67,500 in July and to 72,500 in August.
Source: Business Travel News