Dutch low-cost carrier Transavia has announced the cancellation of over 300 scheduled flights up until the end of June, citing aircraft shortages for the cancellations. The carrier has also intimated that further cancellations will continue in the months following.
All The cancellations will affect 160 departure flights from the Netherlands and the 160 scheduled return flights from destinations back to the Netherlands.
The airline announced the latest flight schedule changes via its website this week stating that: all “By adjusting our flight schedule, we can run the rest of our schedule as planned and minimise last-minute disappointments.”
The airline has pointed out that approximately 95% of its scheduled flights will continue as normal.
Four flights scheduled for this month are amongst the round of scheduled flights subject to the cancellations. Affected outbound flights were scheduled for 28 May from Amsterdam to Malaga, and Amsterdam to Reykjavík.
The corresponding return flights from Malaga and Reykjavík have also been cancelled.
Flight cancellations in June
In a website statement the airline confirmed that: “Due to an aircraft shortage we unfortunately have to cancel a number of flights.”
“We realise full well that in doing so, we will be ruining travel plans. We apologise for this frustrating situation.”
The June cancellations will affect flights out of Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS), Eindhoven (EIN) and Rotterdam The Hague (RTM) airports. The destinations affected are fairly broad with Spain, Portugal and Italy services particularly affected.
The airline has published a full list of schedule changes for June which can be viewed here.
Flights in July and August
The airlines statement also intimates that flight cancellations may extend into the months of July and August. With respect to potential cancellations across July and August, Transavia states:
“Unfortunately, at this moment, we cannot yet confirm which flights will be cancelled or changed. On the 25th of May we will inform all passengers and partners who have a flight in July and/or August that has been changed or cancelled.”
It is understood that the capacity reductions across the peak travel season have been brought about due to arrival delays with leased aircraft, and supply chain issues which have affected the provision of spares and components for maintenance activities.
Supply of aircraft spare parts and components remains a critical problem globally, with supply chain issues set to continue through the year.
Transavia is a Dutch low-cost airline that operates scheduled and charter flights primarily within Europe. It is a subsidiary of the Air France-KLM Group and has its headquarters in Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands.
Transavia was founded in 1965 and has since grown to become one of the major players in the European low-cost airline market.
Transavia operates a fleet of narrow-body aircraft. According to Planespotters data, the carrier currently operates 42 Boeing 737-800 and -700 aircraft, with five Airbus A321neo aircraft on order.
The low-cost carrier serves a wide range of destinations throughout Europe, including popular holiday destinations, city break destinations, and major airports.
The airline operates flights from bases in the Netherlands (Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Rotterdam The Hague Airport) and France (Paris-Orly Airport, Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, and Nantes Atlantique Airport).
The latest round of cancellations come while after the carrier was forced to reduce scheduling earlier this month for the same stated reasons.