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BERLIN — Passengers will have to prepare for long wait times and canceled flights in the weeks and months ahead. Airports and businesses continue to face massive staff shortages.

“According to information from the aviation industry, around 2,000 employees are currently missing in all areas,” the Federal Transport Ministry said on Wednesday.

Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) met with industry representatives that day to discuss how new employees can be recruited at short notice. “The industry has already taken action and is working hard to address staffing shortages,” he said.

Following Wednesday’s meeting, a coordination group is to be set up at the level of state secretaries “to discuss possible measures to remedy the situation in the short term”. The European Commission has also announced that it will engage in more dialogue with Member States and industry.

The industry commented positively on the meeting with Wissing on Wednesday. There are certainly opportunities from politicians to support business, said the managing director of the German Airports Task Force (ADV), Ralph Beisel.

This applies, among other things, to the recruitment of employees from third countries and the acceleration of background checks for newly hired staff. Prompt coordination of these issues by the federal government could “be very helpful”, said the Federal Association of the German Aerospace Industry (BDL).

Due to the shutdown during the Corona crisis, many employees left the industry. Now the number of passengers is increasing again rapidly, but the increase in staff is progressing much more slowly. The problem mainly affects security personnel and ground service providers.

The air traffic control union has warned of chaotic conditions at German airports. “I call on Federal Transport Minister Dr. Volker Wissing (FDP) to act before the parliamentary recess,” federal union chairman Matthias Maas said on Tuesday. Otherwise, there is a risk of unprecedented chaos at airports.

© dpa-AFX | 06/15/2022 19:26



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Message of June 16, 2022 – 7:57 p.m.

I completely agree with you, but I am surprised that you suddenly become a supporter of the market economy. I remember it very differently from the past. I’m happy with this change 🙂


Why not?
Otherwise, I should/must deal with the effects of a “free market”. Have you told me enough?

The other supporters of this “free market” (i.e. in addition to the FDP and other posters here at the aero, generally the conservative media such as FAZ, WELT, BILD,…) are also surprised in the case of this situation by the planned intervention in this posh market.

One might get the impression that the free market is only an argument if it serves the interests of those who argue it.
I do the same now 🙂

Of course, always hang the flag after the wind! On the other hand, I’m really consistent 😂

Message of June 16, 2022 – 7:08 p.m.

I completely agree with you, but I am surprised that you suddenly become a supporter of the market economy. I remember it very differently from the past. I’m happy with this change 🙂

Why not?
Otherwise, I should/must deal with the effects of a “free market”. Have you told me enough?

The other supporters of this “free market” (i.e. in addition to the FDP and other posters here at the aero, generally the conservative media such as FAZ, WELT, BILD,…) are also surprised in the case of this situation by the planned intervention in this posh market.

One might get the impression that the free market is only an argument if it serves the interests of those who argue it.
I do the same now 🙂

This message was modified on June 16, 2022 at 7:10 p.m.

Message of June 16, 2022 – 4:09 p.m.

Yes, the “free market”, the FDP’s vaunted principle and panacea – so long as it allows its own clientele, i.e. employers, to keep cheap labor in exactly that condition and get as much profit out of it as possible without paying taxes.
Of course only to promote individual performance *cough*…
Do the same mechanisms now work in the other direction and do employees finally have a lever to push through higher wages: No, keep it! Of course, that doesn’t work. “Measures to remedy the situation in the short term” must be found immediately.
Hopefully his own role catches up with Wissing before he downgrades the FDP, which is already not doing well in the current coalition, to the ultimate laughing stock.


I completely agree with you, but I am surprised that you suddenly become a partisan of the market economy. I remember it very differently from the past. I’m happy with this change 🙂


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