Easyjet cancels thousands of flights due to staff shortages | money

Frankfurt – Bad news for our summer vacation! Low-cost airline Easyjet is canceling thousands of extra flights. Reason: severe shortage of staff on board and at airports!

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

It creeps everywhere in Europe

Flight crew hiring bottlenecks and longer waiting times for safety clearances for new employees are causing problems for the airline. Easyjet must also have the flight schedule London-Gatwick And Amsterdam adapt as airports are tackling the growing problems caused by insufficient ground staff with fewer flights. Easyjet is therefore taking preventive measures to stabilize processes in the summer months, explains airline chief Johan Lundgren.

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

Small consolation for some: after the restrictions related to the crown last summer, this year, in addition to the chaos of flights caused by strikes and staff shortages, also the peppery prices due to the increase in energy costs, among other things, are causing holiday frustration.

According to Lundgren, details on the cancellation of flights will be announced shortly. In the foreground: the main base of the London-Gatwick and Amsterdam airlines. But there are problems all over Europe.

At its best From early June to late August Easyjet canceled a dozen daily departures and arrivals from the German departure point Berlin – which 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 difficulty in recruiting staff from EU countries, due to Brexit!

What’s the problem?

In Europe, 600,000 jobs have been lost in the aviation sector due to the Crown crisis and 2.3 million jobs have been lost worldwide. Many workers have looked for alternatives to jobs that involve shift work and hard physical work, such as baggage handling. Young colleagues come and go the next day, says Marie Marivel, who works at the security checkpoint of a Paris airport with a net salary of 1,800 euros a month. “They tell us: we earn as much as supermarket cashiers for such responsible work.”

According to the ADV Airport Association, 20 percent of seats at German airports are vacant!

Works councils across Germany have already warned of a “system crash”, writing: “According to works councils, Germany currently lacks more than 5,500 employees, of which about 3,000 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.

To die Lufthansa has already canceled 900 weekend flights to hubs in Frankfurt and Munich in July to relieve pressure on airports during rush hour – and may need to do more! This may be necessary to stabilize air traffic in Europe, Lufthansa chief Carsten Spohr said at the annual meeting of the global airline association IATA in Doha on Monday. According to a spokesperson, it is still unclear how things will go in August. The airline is looking to rebook customers on alternative flights or same-day rail connections if possible.

What are the prospects?

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

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

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