Lufthansa cancels 2,000 fresh flights after suspending 3,700 trips

German carrier Lufthansa is canceling 2,000 more flights from Frankfurt and Munich this summer, the German flagship carrier announced on Wednesday, citing staff shortages at airports, industrial action and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the company, this will be by the end of August. It would be the third time the carrier has announced flight cancellations this summer.

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Lufthansa cancels hundreds of flights due to staff shortages

The company added that Lufthansa initially canceled more than 3,000 flights for the months of July and August, then canceled another 770 routes for the week until July 14 inclusive.

He said ground services at the Frankfurt and Munich hubs in the afternoon and evening were overloaded, noting planes had to wait and luggage was left behind.

He said many employees had been laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to staff shortages.

He added, however, that flights to holiday destinations would only be canceled in exceptional cases.

“Lufthansa has implemented numerous measures and is recruiting additional staff as much as possible to ensure the greatest possible stability of the flight schedule and thus offer its passengers the best possible planning security,” the carrier told Reuters.

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