FILE PHOTO: A flight attendant wearing a protective mask holds disinfectant spray onboard a Brussels Airlines aircraft before the take-off at the Zaventem International Airport, as Belgium eases restrictions aimed to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, near Brussels, Belgium June 15, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo

The Lufthansa subsidiary Brussels Airlines is canceling almost 700 flights in July and August. In this way, the staff should be relieved, the airline announced on Tuesday. Accordingly, 372 flights will be canceled this month and 303 flights next.

The company said these “optimizations” should give crew members “a better work-life balance.”

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The airline had negotiated better working conditions with the unions after a strike by its employees on Monday. During the work stoppage from June 23 to 25, around 300 connections and thus 60 percent of all flights were canceled.

Since many airlines in Europe cut jobs during the corona pandemic, they are now complaining about staff shortages.