Lufthansa alone canceled 4,000 flights.
Image: Frank Röth
Flight cancellations, endless queues, suitcases gone – the trouble with flying is currently great. Improvements are not in sight. An outrage.
EActually, you had done everything right. Booked the flight in spring before ticket prices had shot up. Rental car and hotel organized early on, everything was already planned. Finally vacation on the Mediterranean again, after two years of Corona abstinence. But now the flight was simply canceled two weeks earlier, and the alternative flight doesn’t fit because it starts a day later. So the planning starts all over again, and it gets more expensive as well.
So it’s little consolation that tens of thousands of others have it better, even at first glance. Their flight was not cancelled, they go to the airport full of anticipation – and have to realize that they can’t fly either. Because the queues at check-in and at security are so long that they don’t even get to their plane on time and it flies without them. Although they were in the terminal many hours beforehand to be on the safe side. It was particularly bad recently at the airports in North Rhine-Westphalia, i.e. above all Düsseldorf and Cologne/Bonn, because the holidays started there. In the state capital, the baggage conveyor system also failed due to a computer error and aggravated the chaos. It is to be feared that it will not be any better at the other airports when holidaymakers leave there. And those who manage to come along sometimes have to wait two hours for their suitcase after landing.