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Easyjet is canceling thousands of flights due to staff shortages

Easyjet is canceling thousands of flights due to staff shortages
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Frankfurt – Bad news for our summer vacation! Low-cost airline Easyjet is canceling thousands more flights. Reason: acute shortage of staff on board and at the airports!

According to Easyjet, the capacity offered in the current quarter (by the end of June) will only reach “87 percent of the pre-crisis level of 2019”, and 90 percent in the summer quarter (July, August, September). For comparison: So far, 90 percent were planned in this and 97 percent (around 160,000 flights) in the main travel season.

It snags everywhere in Europe

Bottlenecks in hiring flight crew and longer waiting times for security clearances for new employees are causing problems for the airline. Easyjet must also have the flight schedule in London Gatwick and Amsterdam adapt because the airports are countering the growing problems caused by too few ground staff by having fewer flights. Easyjet is therefore taking preventive measures to stabilize processes in the summer months, explains the airline’s boss, Johan Lundgren.

The cancellations now largely avoid flights being canceled at the last minute. That way, customers could at least rebook early.

Small consolation for some: After the corona restrictions of the past summer, this year, in addition to the flight chaos caused by strikes and staff shortages, also peppered prices due to increased energy costs, among other things, are causing holiday frustration.

According to Lundgren, details of flight cancellations will be announced shortly. In focus: the main base of the airline London-Gatwick and Amsterdam. But there are problems all over Europe.

At his most important From the beginning of June to the end of August, Easyjet canceled around a dozen departures and arrivals a day from the German departure point Berlin – that eliminates about 1000 connections!

The airline also justified this with an unusually high level of sick leave. In Great Britain, the low-cost airline has difficulties hiring staff from EU countries – because of Brexit!

What is the problem?

In Europe, 600,000 jobs were lost in aviation as a result of the Corona crisis, and 2.3 million jobs were lost worldwide. Many workers have sought alternatives to jobs that involve shift work and physical hard work, such as baggage handling. Young colleagues come and go the very next day, said Marie Marivel, who works at the security check at a Paris airport for a net salary of 1,800 euros a month. “They tell us: We earn just as much as supermarket cashiers for such a responsible job.”

According to the airport association ADV, 20 percent of the positions at German airports are vacant!

The works councils from all over Germany have already warned of a “system collapse”, writing: “According to the works councils, there is currently a shortage of more than 5,500 employees in Germany, around 3,000 of them in Frankfurt and Munich alone.”

At many European airports, there is a risk of chaos in the coming months, with long waiting times at security checks and baggage carousels, flight cancellations and delays.

the Lufthansa has already canceled 900 weekend flights at the Frankfurt and Munich hubs in July in order to relieve the strain on the airports at peak times – and may have to do more! That could be necessary to stabilize air traffic in Europe, said Lufthansa boss Carsten Spohr on Monday at the annual meeting of the global airline association IATA in Doha. According to a spokesman, it is still unclear how things will continue in August. The airline is trying to rebook customers on alternative flights or train connections on the same day if possible.

What are the prospects?

The bottleneck could continue beyond the summer as older workers retire and fewer young people are interested in working at the airport, said Rico Luman, an analyst at Bank ING. “Even if there is a recession, the labor market will remain tight at least this year,” he added.

Germany’s airports are in exceptional mode – and the federal government is still quite at a loss. Transport Minister Volker Wissing (52, FDP) just a week ago to BILD am SONNTAG: “While short-term solutions would be highly desirable, they are not very likely.”

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