Smaller cabin crew: Easyjet cancels seats in the Airbus A319 due to staff shortages

Many airlines currently lack staff. Easyjet is now reducing the number of passengers on the Airbus A319 in its home country. This means fewer crew members are needed.

It’s not about how fast the passenger in seat 22A gets his coke. The size of an aircraft’s cabin crew is not a question of quality of service, but of safety. “A minimum number of cabin crew members is required to effectively carry out a timely evacuation and increase the chances of passengers surviving in the event of an accident,” notes the International Civil Aviation Organization ICAO.

Therefore, the minimum number of crew members required depends on the aircraft model with its specific number of emergency exits and the number of seats installed. For example, Easyjet has installed seats for 156 passengers in its Airbus A319 and must use a cabin crew of at least four people.

Six passengers and one less crew member

However, it is not always easy to find sufficient personnel in European aviation. In the crown pandemic, airlines fired many employees. They now have trouble finding new workers quickly enough to cope with the rapidly increasing holiday traffic. High levels of disease and quarantine sometimes make the situation even more difficult.

Easyjet reacts to this. “This summer we will be operating our British A319 fleet with up to 150 passengers and three cabin crew on board,” said the airline, referring to the relevant UK CAA regulations. “This is an effective way to make our fleet work and at the same time make our operations more resilient and flexible this summer, when we are expected to return to flight levels in 2019.”

Ad for British aviators only for the moment

According to the aeronautical data portal CH Aviation, the British Easyjet fleet includes 62 Airbus A319-100s, of which a dozen are currently inactive. Easyjet Switzerland has three of the aircraft and Easyjet Europe has 34 registered in Austria. However, the current seat reduction only applies to the British fleet.

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