Swiss International Air Lines is the latest to fall victim to the operational disarray European airlines find themselves in this summer.
The Zurich-based Lufthansa Group carrier will cancel roughly 2 percent of its schedule in August, September, and October in order to minimize disruptions, Swiss said Tuesday. That represents 676 flights over the three month period, which is a fraction of the more than 3,000 flights its group siblings Lufthansa and Eurowings are cancelling in July and August.
“The complex aviation system in Europe and worldwide is currently operating at its limits,” Swiss CEO Dieter Vranckx said. “With the overall conditions still growing even more challenging, and in order to pay due and proactive regard to our responsibilities to our passengers, Swiss will be making this contribution to easing the present pressures on the system.”
Other European airlines, including EasyJet, British Airways, and KLM, have also reduced their schedules through the summer.