A number of flight delays to and from the UK from Larnaca and Paphos airports have caused so-called “chaos” at British airports due to a lack of airline and ground handling staff.
According to Hermes, there were a total of 223 flight delays at Larnaca Airport in May from the United Kingdom, accounting for 12% of all flights during that period. Delays were also recorded in the corresponding number of departures.
In Paphos, problems with British airlines and ground handling companies resulted in delays on 264 incoming flights, accounting for 26% of the total, while delays in 294 departures, accounting for 29% of the total.
According to Hermes data, the impact on flight cancellations is considered negligible as 24 incoming flights were canceled at Larnaca Airport and the corresponding number of departures in May, while in Paphos there were cancellations of 20 arrivals and 21
It is recalled that based on passenger traffic data for May, almost 885,000 passengers traveled to and from Cyprus with travel traffic for the first five months of 2022 to close to 2.4 million.
According to British media, airlines such as British Airways, EasyJet, Tui and Wizz Air have cancellations of hundreds of flights. Many attribute the problems at British airports to the redundancies of airlines and ground handling companies during the lockdown period due to the pandemic.