Wizz Air has announced it will cut additional flights from its summer schedule in a bid to combat the ongoing travel chaos.
Chief executive Jozsef Varadi said that cancellations will amount to 10 per cent of summer flights, up from the 5 per cent announced on 11 July.
“We’ve been going through some real pain in terms of staff shortages at airports and air traffic control,” Varadi told Bloomberg. “We decided to trim capacity further to create more contingency and more of a buffer.”
The announcement comes on the heels of Wizz Air’s first quarter results, which saw the budget carrier post a statutory loss of £380m despite a more than 300 per cent increase in both passengers and revenue.
The low-cost airline flew more than 12m customers across Europe amassing a revenue of €808.8m (£608m), while ticket revenues went up by almost 250 per cent.
However, continued disruption, flight cancellations and the ongoing fuel crisis increased unit costs by more than 150 per cent, which contributed to a statutory loss of €452.5m (£380m), as of three months ended 30 June.
“Whilst we are rebuilding the airline with greater scale we remain very conscious of the challenging macroeconomic and operational backdrop,” Varadi said.
“Fuel prices for the quarter were double pre-pandemic levels. Lingering restrictions from Covid-19 remained, particularly during April and May, while the war in Ukraine and supply chain disruptions affecting air traffic control, security and ground operation resources have impacted our utilisation.”