European air transport is reaching the tipping point. With strikes in many countries, delays and cancellations, our holiday abroad could go up in smoke. Even in this unfortunate situation, there are solutions. Continue reading our article to know more about easier air travel in Hungary.
Forbes Hungary commented on the issue, stating that the chaos was due to the lack of workforce. It is clear that due to the pandemic, airlines and airports had to lay off many of their staff. This is contrasted with the happenings of today. Since spring, there has been an unexpectedly high number of passengers travelling around the continent. This number is only expected to grow higher day by day. Airlines and airports are now clambering to restaff their services, with little to no avail. These staff shortages are happening at crucial times.
Situation in Hungary
At Ferihegy, everything is under control so far. Staff is at the ready, and there have been no disruptions on the departure side. Security checks are speedy with very short waiting times. In Debrecen and Hévíz, there is also staff on duty when a flight is departing.
Tips on making air travel easier
Even though Hungary is managing in these harsh times, we must take precautions. While the following points are not foolproof, they might make your next flight a little easier.
- Arrive two hours before departure, do not expect to board your plane late.
- You may purchase a ticket for the next flight (for a fixed price of EUR 80-100) in case you missed yours due to long waits.
- Book your flight early in the day in case of extra long waits.
- Look for alternative departure locations if you are travelling back to Hungary.
- If your flight is cancelled 14 days before your departure, you may transfer your flight or ask for a refund
- If your flight is cancelled within 14 of departure, you may ask for compensation of EUR 250 (only if the cancellation is due to the fault of the airline).
How are airlines managing?
Needless to say, all European airlines are struggling as of now. However, three airlines have cancelled most flights in the past week. HVG reports that Lufthansa is cancelling almost two thousand of their flights. The cancelled flights are mainly between Munich and Frankfurt. Following the German airline are Swiss EasyJet and British Airways in severity.
In Hungary, Ryanair and Wizz Air are holding up steadily, with little to no cancellations due to staff shortages.
Source: forbes.hu, hvg.hu
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