Because of the current handling problems, Lufthansa is canceling further flights. Around 2,000 connections at the Frankfurt and Munich hubs will be affected by the end of August, said a company spokesman in Frankfurt.
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.
Third wave of flight cancellations
This 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 July 14.
Now there are another 2000 cancellations for a period of six weeks. Above all, the traffic peaks in the morning and in the evening should be relieved, the spokesman explained. At these times, the ground handling services at the hubs are overloaded, so that machines have to wait and luggage is left behind.
In particular, short flights have been canceled
The spokesman explained that short connections to destinations within Germany or nearby countries, for which there are good alternatives, would be canceled in particular. In the case of domestic German flights, rebookings on long-distance trains of Deutsche Bahn are possible. Flights to specific holiday destinations would only be canceled in exceptional cases.
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.