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Before the Easter holidays: flight cancellations and delays expected

if you want to fly over Easter in the South, to the airports, massive delays and flight cancellations. Many of the problems from last year are far from resolved

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Before the Easter holidays: flight cancellations and delays expected

if you want to fly over Easter in the South, to the airports, massive delays and flight cancellations. Many of the problems from last year are far from resolved.

Johannes Zuber, WDR

In eight of the länder, the Easter holidays start today, including in North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse and Bavaria. For the first holiday weekend of the three largest airports in Germany, expect a rush of travellers: The airport Frankfurt / Main is expecting more than 200,000 passengers per day, of Munich, of 150,000 and Düsseldorf of 80,000. And there are many indications that there will be massive problems, and many travelers involuntarily on the ground or only with great delay to the destination to arrive. So similar to last year.

2018 was a year of flight cancellations and delays. The average delay was according to the industry Association BDL in less than 15 minutes, each 50. The flight was complete. Both are a significant increase year-on-year: in 2017, the average delay was for a good twelve minutes, and each 75. Flying from fell. In the case of the arbitration Board for public passenger transport (SÖP) are more than twice as many complaints as in the previous year.

lack of staff in all areas

reasons for this were many. To pilots, frequent storms and air strikes, among other things, in France, the Bankruptcy of the airline Air Berlin. 140 aircraft and Crew had to be integrated into other Airlines. And the worked anything other than smoothly.

The main problem, however, were the increasing numbers of passenger, and neither the airlines nor airports, air traffic control, and Federal police were sufficiently prepared. Therefore, it came on every section of a flight delay. At a Glance:

Start: To the major airports, the Federal police for checks of passengers and Luggage is responsible, to the smaller länder. Both store the security controls to private companies. And either because the Client have to be planned in enough staff or the private company had too few employees, missed a lot of passengers on your flight. The problems also led to delays, because the checked Luggage of stranded passengers ends had to be recharged again, which takes an average of just under ten minutes.

flight: In the case of the German air traffic controllers are missing. And since each flight must be accompanied by two pilots, is it because of the lack of staff shortages. The demand for pilots is estimated for five years in advance. And this time, the estimate was significantly too low. In addition, a lack of suitable candidates, short-term pilots.

landing: to be held, The airports have little personnel, the operation on the ground smoothly. And so on the ground airplanes around that were on time partial long, until finally, a staircase came. Or, the passengers had to wait on your bags, because not enough ground staff was there, this seemed a timely read.

more and more passengers, but not more staff.

counter measures

To all of these problems, agreed the company and policy during the aviation summit in October to 25 measures. In the case of the interim balance sheet in March, companies saw a good way: The airlines keep more spare aircraft to failures faster to compensate. They hired more staff, and their schedules equalized, minor delays cushion. In addition, the aircraft with more kerosene on Board, to be able to delay the Start by a higher flight speed to compensate. The airports have been set according to information from the BDL, more ground staff and additional space for the security controls provided. The air traffic is domestic flights, lower fly, in order to relieve the tight air space in the height.

travelers need to be on the waiting times

The Problem: All these measures, increasing passenger numbers to the contrary. According to the BDL, the SÖP and the rights of passengers company EUClaim will it come again this year to massive delays and flight cancellations.

The Frankfurt am Main airport advises travelers that is why, if possible, check in online, bypass the queues at the switch. In addition, passengers should give up to arrive as early as possible: at the latest two and a half hours before departure at the airport, directly to the baggage and security check. To draw the safety control unnecessarily, and should only into your hand Luggage, what you absolutely need for the flight. Liquids and electrical equipment should be Packed, that you can handle immediately.

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