Airlines demand action after summer flight delays rise 

Flight delays for European airlines were up 12 per cent in July compared with the same month last year, and they were 35 per cent higher than two years ago. 

As a result, members of the airline pressure group A4E have written a joint letter expressing their concerns regarding the disruption to the European Air Navigation Service (ANS). 

According to A4E, of which easyJet and IAG are members, almost 70 per cent of all air traffic control (ATC) regulations in July were weather-related and caused by issues such as ATC staffing, capacity and other issues within ANS control. 

A4E said that excessive ATC regulations this summer have meant that airlines have had to fly longer routes or that the number of flights on certain routes have been restricted, which then caused knock-on effects throughout the network, including crews going out of hours, leading to delays.

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