Finnair cuts February capacity by 20%

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Finnair has reduced February capacity because of flu and Omicron-related staffing shortages.

The carrier said its February schedule has been slashed by 20 per cent to cope with the challenges and that it has offered alternative options to travellers.

It added that the flight cancellations will enable it to offer a more flexible schedule and “adapt to expected rise in sick leave across different functions at Finnair and its partners.”

Ole Orvér, Finnair chief commercial officer, said: “Staff sick leave is now significantly impacting Finnair and airports in Finland as well as throughout the world.

“We aim to meet these resourcing challenges through the cancellation of flights, to avoid last-minute changes and better manage our customers’ expectations. This will give customers more time to prepare for flight schedule changes and adjust their travel plans if needed.

“We are sorry for the inconvenience and disruption this may cause to our customers. However, reducing our traffic programme is necessary to better offer a smooth travel experience in the face of the expected resource challenges.”

The majority of cancelled flights are on routes where multiple daily flights are operated such as Copenhagen, Oslo, Paris and Rome.

Changes are also being made to long-haul services with the inaugural Dallas service moving from February to 27 March while the beginning of Nagoya flights, and additional services to Osaka, will move to summer 2022. Finnair is also reducing weekly flights to Singapore to twice a week and those to Hong Kong to three times a week.

The carrier said last-minute changes to flights because of sick leave or weather-related disruption are still possible even with these moves.

 

source : businesstravelnewseurope

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