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Wizz Air Warns Of Flight Cuts Due To Airport Chaos

By Dave Simpson

Wizz Air WIZZ.L expects to have to cut flights this summer due to labour shortages and strikes at European airports, the budget airline said on Monday 11 July, sending its shares down approximately 5%.

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Wizz chief executive József Váradi had said in June the company was confident of returning to pre-COVID productivity by reaching full utilisation of its aircraft this year.

However, the company said on Monday 11 July that it expected to cut utilisation another 5% for the summer to reduce the impact of "ongoing external disruptions".

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After a blip caused by the Omicron coronavirus variant, travel demand has roared back, with airlines betting on summer holiday travel in July-September to boost their bottom-lines.

But strikes and staff shortages are forcing airlines to cancel thousands of flights and causing hours-long queues at major airports across Europe.

Airlines have raised fares to offset higher fuel costs, with pilots and cabin crews making a case for higher pay due to inflation.

Scandinavian airline SAS SAS.ST cancelled hundreds of flights last week after talks with pilots over a new collective bargaining agreement collapsed.

Meanwhile, Britain laid out various plans for the industry last week, including help in recruiting staff, as the country's busiest airport Heathrow asked airlines to cancel 30 scheduled flights due to passenger numbers exceeding the airport's capacity on Thursday 7 July.

Heathrow on Monday 11 July apologised for "unacceptable" service in recent weeks and signalled it could ask for more flight cuts.

Operating Loss, Profit Expectation And Load Factor

London-listed Wizz, which on Monday 11 July reported an operating loss of €285 million in the first quarter, said it expected to return to a "material" profit this quarter.

It said its load factor, which measures how well an airline is filling available seats, as of July, continued to improve to above 90%.

BRIEF-The Capital Group Companies Discloses 9.94% Stake In Wizz Air As At July 6 - Filing

The above news was followed by the below brief -

  • THE CAPITAL GROUP COMPANIES DISCLOSES 9.94% STAKE IN WIZZ AIR HOLDINGS AS AT JULY 6 VERSUS PRIOR STAKE OF 14.97% - FILING

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