Two of the biggest European airlines, Air France-KLM and Lufthansa, have decided to limit the sale of their cheapest tickets.
Such a decision has been taken by the two airlines in order to reduce the travel chaos throughout Europe, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
According to the Financial Times, these two airlines will not restrict the sale of all tickets. They will mainly restrict the sale of cheaper tickets in order to reduce the high demand.
Air France-KLM is one of the airlines that was selling very cheap tickets. However, the prices changed drastically last week. A ticket that was generally sold for €170 was priced at almost €850, the Financial Times explained.
Similarly, Lufthansa also limited the sale of flight tickets in order to create a more stable schedule for persons whose flight was cancelled previously.
“The whole airline industry is suffering. Not only airlines, airports, suppliers, and air traffic control; the entire system is experiencing an unprecedented operational crisis all over the world,” the Chief Executive of Lufthansa, Jens Ritter, wrote on his LinkedIn account, commenting on the current situation.
Apart from limiting the sale of tickets, Lufthansa also cancelled an additional 2,000 flights scheduled to fly from Frankfurt and Munich this summer.
Speaking on the issues, German Travel Management President, Christoph Carnier, said that it is impossible to assess the damages caused by flight cancellations for the business travel industry.
Earlier today, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that Europe is currently one of the most affected areas. Until now, a total of 15,788 flights that were scheduled to fly next month have been cancelled in Europe.
Even though the number of cancelled flights is high, it represents only two per cent of the entire flight schedule for Europe in august 2022.
Cirium revealed that the higher number of flights for August had been cancelled by Turkish Airlines. Turkish Airlines cancelled 4,408 flights last week alone.
Additionally, other airlines have also cancelled a high number of flights. British Airways cancelled 3,600 flights, EasyJet cancelled 2,045 flights, Lufthansa cancelled 1,888 flights, and Wizz Air cancelled 1,256 flights.
Considering the current situation, the EU Commission reminded all passengers of their rights. According to Your Europe, which is an official EU website, passengers whose flights are cancelled have the right to choose between reimbursement, re-routing, or return.