easyJet cuts first Madeira flights
Following up on previous posts about flight capacity being limited at Gatwick, easyJet announced that about 24 flights a day from Gatwick would be cancelled between Saturday, May 28 and Monday, June 6 as a starting point for flight cuts. So far Madeira seems to have been exempt from schedule modifications – until today.
The airline said the cancellations were necessary ‘to provide reliable services over this busy period’. It is not just easyJet who have been axing services from Gatwick. Wizz Air and British Airways have also cancelled a number of flights in recent days.
The airport has also announced that it will moderate its rate of growth for July and August by forcing airlines to cancel 4,000 summer flights. Gatwick believes this action will then allow airlines to fly and manage more predictable and reliable flight programmes for the rest of the peak school summer holiday period.
The airport is ‘temporarily moderating’ the number of summer connections from 900 flights a day to 825 in July and 850 in August, according to the BBC. This is so ‘passengers experience a more reliable and better standard of service’, Gatwick says.
SussexWorld have complied a list of those that have been grounded so far today (Saturday, June 18) at Gatwick Airport. Among services cancelled by easyJet today as part of the Gatwick “moderation” exercise were:
Arrivals: easyJet 10.50 from Funchal EZY8138 – cancelled
Departures: easyJet 2.40pm to Funchal EZY8137 – enquire with airline
COVID-19 in Madeira: updates can be found in an earlier post
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