HOLIDAYMAKERS are facing a year of travel disruption across Europe, Ryanair’s chief executive has warned.
Eddie Wilson said that air traffic control delays were the reason for his resignation. “worst ever”Despite the fact that there were 15 percent fewer flights than before the pandemic lockdowns,
European airspace handled 30718 flights per week from July 31 to July 31, with an average delay time of 116,624 mins each day.
Nearly 90% of these delays were found en route, with 51% of the disruptions being caused by capacity or staffing issues.
28% of the delays were caused by weather.
He said: “The underlying problem across Europe — even if you have the aircraft, you’re not cancelling [flights] and you’ve got the crew — is air-traffic control.
“It is the single biggest delay for all airlines by a country mile.”
Saying there needs to be a big recruitment drive or delays will continue, he added: “There is a chance this will go on into next summer unless they get their acts together now.
“Because there is about 10 or 15% less traffic this summer in Europe compared to 2019, yet they still can’t handle it and we’ve got the worst delays ever.”