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Published on : Monday, July 11, 2016
The executives of Vueling Airlines have been called in for an enquiry by the Spanish Public Works Ministry after it has been responsible for flight delays and cancellations that stranded over 8,000 passengers at EI Prat Airport in Barcelona since Friday.
The Air Safety Agency of the Ministry has asked Javier Sanchez Prieto, the president of Vueling Airlines to provide an explanation for the cancellation of as many as 14 flights. 10 of these flights arrived at or departed from EI Prat of Barcelona.
The government of Catalonia has called in the executives of Vueling Airlines and has been thinking about passing sanctions against this airline that is the merger of British Airways and Iberia.
Trouble at Barcelona’s airport sparked off at Thursday and continued till Sunday, leading to commotion and stranding a large number of passengers.
Such issues at the airport came as a blow to the thriving holiday season of Spain, mainly because numerous travelers visit Spain on account of security concerns in regions like Tunisia, Egypt and Turkey.
Despite Vueling being tight-lipped about the flight cancellations, 46 flights have been cancelled ever since Thursday. Other passengers experienced abrupt stopovers and plenty of delays.
The official website of Vueling Airlines revealed that five of the flights to Paris, Toulouse, Moscow, Bilbao and Malaga had been cancelled and five additional flights running from Paris, Malaga, Ibiza, Dubrovnik and Frankfurt were suspended. Within 10 pm, Toulose-Barcelona and Bilbao-Barcelona flights had been cancelled.
‘Operational problems’ is the factor that Vueling Airlines has stated as being the culprit behind flight chaos.
One of the employees of this company has stated that they had already predicted during Easter such an inconvenience was likely to occur. He went on to add that Vueling lost control of flight crews and operations and later discovered that more flights had been sold than they could actually operate.
He also said that the problems were also caused by an alteration in corporate leadership.