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Worst flight chaos over, Lufthansa board member tells Funke media

Logo of Lufthansa sometimes appears as passengers wait at Munich Airport throughout a warning strike staged by Lufthansa ground staff over 9.5 % pay claim by Germany’s public sector workers union Verdi in Munich, Germany July 27, 2022. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle/File Photo

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BERLIN, Aug 7 (Reuters) – The worst has ended for German airline Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) after staff shortages caused flight chaos on the summer, but degrees of sick leave remain challenging, board member Christina Foerster told newspapers in the Funke Media group.

Airlines across Europe have struggled to handle a solid rebound in holidays demand following the COVID-19 pandemic stopped much travel. Many airports faced huge queues because of staff shortages, prompting last-minute cancellations.

“The reduced point has passed. Flight operations are largely stabilized,” Foerster was quoted as telling Funke within an interview published on Sunday.

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“Nevertheless, come early july we are coping with an even of sick leave that’s not an easy task to offset,” said Foerster, adding the problem remained challenging.

Most flight cancellations are affecting domestic routes where you can find alternatives, she said. She added, however, that the problem would only improve significantly with the wintertime flight schedule by the end of October.

Lufthansa said on Thursday it expected demand for short-haul flights in Europe to operate a vehicle growth at its passenger airlines this season and forecast a go back to group operating profit for the entire year. read more

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Reporting by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Christina Fincher

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