Last Week in Europe – Monday 28 February 2022
For the fourth week in a row, analysis of Eurocontrol data shows that the recovery rate for European flights (comparing 2022 movements with those during the same period in 2019) improved during the last seven days. The 7-day average, as of Saturday 26 February, was 71.6%, up 1.3 percentage points from the previous week. The figure would probably have been slightly better still without the flight disruptions that started on Thursday 24 February when Russian forces decided to invade Ukraine.
Among the 12 airlines tracked in more detail in our graph, Ryanair has again achieved the best recovery rate of 100.1%. This means that the Irish ULCC is actually operating just as many flights as it did in late February 2019. Iberia is still second in terms of recovery rate, ahead of Turkish Airlines and Wizz Air, all of which are at over 75%. Among the 12 airlines shown in the graph, six showed an improvement in their recovery rates compared with a week earlier, while six showed a drop in their recovery rate. easyJet’s recovery rate passed 70% for the first time since early January.
easyJet sneaks ahead of Turkish Airlines
On Saturday 26 February the leading airline for flights in Eurocontrol airspace was Ryanair (2,015 flights), a long way ahead of easyJet (1,035), Turkish Airlines (1,023) and Lufthansa (883). Then came Air France (806), KLM (637), and Wizz Air (387). British Airways only operated 241 flights on Saturday due to IT issues. The airline denied that it was a cyber attack even though the issue came just after the UK government banned Russian flag-carrier Aeroflot from UK airspace.
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