European airports are facing chaos as passengers return

In response to what American carriers have faced with the proliferation of Omicron, easyJet said that hundreds of its cancellations have occurred due to the absence of coronavirus-related crews. British Airways is also battling staff illness, but said most of its flights are still on schedule.

On Tuesday, easyJet CEO Johan Lundgren said he would expect to see the jump in Covid infections in the UK and other parts of Europe fall by now, but that has not yet happened. “Until then, we will continue to monitor the situation,” he said.

However, the airline has fulfilled 94 percent of its planned schedule in the last week, the largest number of flights since 2019, and is confident that it will be able to return to the schedule that is almost before the pandemic by summer, he added. Mr. Lungren.

One of the biggest concerns for American travelers is the pre-departure coronavirus test needed to return home, which they say could mean staying abroad if the test is positive. Among the major Western tourist destinations, the United States is adamant that it will continue to require a negative entry test; The Netherlands, Ireland and Jamaica have recently dropped the requirement.

The U.S. travel industry is urging the Biden administration to lift both the testing requirement and its mandate for aircraft masks and other public transportation. The American Society of Travel Advisers, or ASTA, said the requirement for inbound testing is the biggest obstacle to a full recovery of the international travel system.

On Wednesday, the United States government announced it would extend a mandate requiring passengers to wear masks on public transportation, including on airplanes and airports, for another two weeks. He did not consider the future of the pre-arrival test requirement.

Demand for travel among American travelers to European destinations has recovered, but was reduced by the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February. In a recent survey of 1,300 Americans on the TripIt travel app, 33 percent of respondents said they would travel abroad by June. The travel booking site Hopper said that in March, 15 percent of the international bookings on its website were for travel to the United States to Europe, down 6 percent since the invasion. In 2019, travel from the United States to Europe accounts for 30% of the site’s international bookings.

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