Budget airline Wizz Air has reduced Summer flights to Heraklion from Cardiff Airport as part of a reduction in its overall capacity. The Hungarian airline reported its cutting capacity by 5% in an effort to reduce the negative effects of flight cancellations and delays.
According to the news disruptions from staffing shortages at airports are causing turmoil since COVID restrictions to Crete and other destinations were lifted. Soaring demand cannot be matched as yet, so flier expectations get bashed about. The airline had this to say about the situation:
“To be able to avoid cancellations and secure a more punctual operation to our customers, we have further improved the agility and resilience of our network including adjusting schedules where we have seen a higher occurrence of issues. In total for the peak summer period we expect to reduce utilisation a further 5% versus the plan outlined at the full year results to reduce the impact of ongoing external disruptions.”
The airline launched nine routes from the base in Cardiff in April but is reducing the number of flights to Heraklion from three days a week to two. The Friday service is now suspended, and maintaining flights on Mondays and Wednesdays for its summer schedule.
For this Summer season, Wizz Air had put into the market 203,000 seats on its new Cardiff routes. The aim was to achieve around 75% capacity, according to the news.