Covid-19 forces Austrian Airlines to cancel 52 flights in Europe

Air transport is again affected by the spread of the coronavirus. The Austrian company Austrian Airlines had to cancel 52 flights out of the 360 ​​planned in Europe on Saturday due to an increase in the number of Covid-19 contaminations among its staff.

“Our crew members are sick, the cases of coronavirus infections are increasing,” explained a spokeswoman, also referring to the impact of a strike at the Marseille air traffic control center. The number of cases has started to rise sharply in recent days in Austria: nearly 9,000 contaminations have been recorded in the last 24 hours, against only 5,400 last Saturday.

European skies disturbed

These flight cancellations are part of a turbulent context for the aviation sector. A strike by flight attendants at the low-cost airline Ryanair caused the cancellation of dozens of flights on Saturday, especially in Belgium, France and Spain, according to union and airport sources.

Air transport giant Lufthansa, parent company of Austrian Airlines, announced Thursday the cancellation of more than 3,000 flights this summer due to a lack of staff, strikes and Covid-19.

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