Eurowings to implement turn around buffers in summer 2019 to avoid delays

    Eurowings CEO Thorsten Dirks reported plans to implement an additional turn around buffer in schedules in summer 2019 (Handelsblatt, 13-Nov-2018). He noted the carrier will also add a midday buffer to make up time for potential morning delays and increase on time performance in the evening. “This is especially good news for business travellers”, Mr Dirks said. Eurowings will also aim to reorganise its schedule to ensure airports with night time bans will only be served up to 22:15. Mr Dirks admitted changes would increase aircraft ground time and reduce productivity, however would avoid similar delays occurring during summer 2018 where 35 minutes scheduled for aircraft turn around. He added the carrier will “strive to offset this with greater efficiency in the business”.