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Status: 08/03/2022 03:27

According to a trade association, hundreds of foreign workers will soon come to the aid of German airports. Bureaucratic obstacles are criticized. The federal government promises to act quickly.

In the fight against long queues and flight cancellations due to congestion at German airports, ground handling service providers rely on hundreds of foreign assistants.

“It is realistic that 250 foreign workers will be there by mid-August,” said ABL trade association president Thomas Richter of Editorial Network Germany. They could remedy the situation at the airports of Munich, Nuremberg and Frankfurt.

Critique of “bureaucratic obstacles”

In view of the documents requested, we are in the “last trains”. However, Richter criticized the bureaucratic hurdles. Due to the lack of personnel at the airports, the federal government has created the possibility of recruiting temporary workers from third countries – mainly from Turkey. However, assistants must go through a reliability check. Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said the intention was to quickly issue residence and work permits.

The managing director of the airport association ADV, Ralph Beisel, told the RND that the recruitment of urgently needed staff could be “considerably facilitated by a more efficient and therefore shorter examination, without sacrificing safety standards”.

Staff shortages at German airports have led to flight chaos since the start of the summer. The warning strike by Lufthansa ground staff has further aggravated the situation. There had been massive flight cancellations in the past week.

Source www.tagesschau.de

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