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HOLIDAYMAKERS are facing a year of travel disruption across Europe, Ryanair’s chief executive has warned.

Eddie Wilson has said air traffic control delays are the “worst ever” despite there being 15 percent less flights in the year compared with before pandemic lockdowns.

2Holidaymakers are facing a year of travel disruption across Europe, Ryanair’s chief executive has warnedCredit: LNP 2Eddie Wilson has said air traffic control delays are the 'worst ever'Credit: Lee Thomas

In the week to July 31, European airspace handled an average of 30,718 flights a day, with a combined delay of 116,624 minutes each day on average.

Almost 90% of those delays were picked up en-route, with capacity and staffing problems the root cause of 51% of disruption.

Weather was a factor in 28% of delays.

He said: “The underlying problem across Europe — even if you have the aircraft, you’re not cancelling [flights] and you’ve got the crew — is air-traffic control.

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“It is the single biggest delay for all airlines by a country mile.”

Saying there needs to be a big recruitment drive or delays will continue, he added: “There is a chance this will go on into next summer unless they get their acts together now.

“Because there is about 10 or 15% less traffic this summer in Europe compared to 2019, yet they still can’t handle it and we’ve got the worst delays ever.”

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Muhammad Afzaal Hussain’s dreams were starting to come true in New Mexico.

The 27-year-old rising political star, who’d left Pakistan for America in 2017, was working on getting his green card and preparing to move into a beautiful ranch home surrounded by apple trees. For about a year, Afzaal had worked for the city of Española’s planning department, which helped arrange this new housing for him, so he wouldn’t need to continue commuting from his Albuquerque apartment. The drive was 90 minutes each way.

But on the night of Monday, Aug. 1, Afzaal was gunned down outside his apartment blocks from the University of New Mexico, where he attended graduate school and made friends easily. His older brother, Imtiaz, says he’d stepped out to take a phone call before someone ambushed him with bullets.

“What is the motive of that person who was shooting?” Imtiaz told The Daily Beast in an interview. “What has created that type of hatred against him? That is a big question that I want answered.”

It’s a question Albuquerque police and the FBI are exploring, too, as they investigate the deaths of two other Muslim men who’ve died in similar ambush–style attacks in as many weeks, and the unsolved homicide of a fourth Muslim man who was killed last fall.

Police say that on July 26, 41-year-old Aftab Hussein was killed in his apartment complex’s parking lot.

And on Aug. 5, Naeem Hussain was fatally shot just before midnight—hours after attending a funeral service for Afzaal Hussain and Aftab Hussein. According to a report in the Albuquerque Journal, the body of the 25-year-old Naeem, who’d just become a U.S. citizen two weeks before his death, was found in the parking lot of Lutheran Family Services.

A fourth victim, 62-year-old Mohammad Ahmadi, was also killed in November 2021 outside a market and cafe he operated with his brother.

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