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The job crisis in the airline sector leads to a chaotic summer at the airports

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What promises to be an exceptional summer in terms of travel demand in Europe after two years of pandemic restrictions is becoming a tough bite for airlines and airports.

Lack of ground crew and cabin crew in key markets; Aviation fuel has risen above crude oil and the regaining of mobility has fueled lethargic labor disputes. Last week it was the CEO of IAG, Louis Gallegowho warned of the arrival of complicated months.

The stunning image of thousands of bags lost at London Heathrow due to operational problems last Monday only raised the alarm tone. There were more than 30 cancellations and the airport even asked airlines to reduce production that day to straighten the course. It was also announced yesterday that the UK Department for Transport will issue a permit Exemption for airlines usually extending from key to relieve pressure on Britain’s main airport.

before all this British Airways had canceled 10% of its supply by October to prevent the imbalances registered since March from widening.

Ryanair, Easyjet, Lufthansa or Air France have open conflicts with their templates

Iberiaalso from IAG, this month complained about serious problems with connections in Madrid-Barajas due to a lack of police officers at passport control. motivated the reinforcements by the Ministry of the Interior.

Another one of the greats simple beam, announced a downward revision of its production on Monday as two of its main bases, Britain’s in Gatwick and the Netherlands’ in Amsterdam, could collapse. More than 11,000 flights could be affected by September, out of the 160,000 the orange airline normally operates in the summer months. It is even considering removing seats on planes to accommodate crew passage.

The mismatch between the execution capacity of the supply and the registered demand is so large that the aforementioned Amsterdam airport expected that it will limit passenger traffic this summer, resulting in a 16% drop in scheduled flights.


In the chapter on strikes, the largest airline in terms of passenger volume, Ryanair, is faced with strikes by its cabin crew (TCP) in five countries almost simultaneously. It faces a six-day strike in Spain, called by USO and Sitcpla on June 24th, 25th and 26th and from Thursday 30th of this month to July 2nd; the Belgian unions ACV Puls and CNE and the Portuguese SNPVAC have called for strikes on June 24th, 25th and 26th; in France the call for the SNPNC is scheduled for the 25th and 26th and the Italian FILT-CGIL has set the protest for the 25th. The general demand is hiring under a local work system and negotiating agreements. Despite the fact that these mobilizations affect 2,700 TCP, Ryanair is confident that a minimum level of follow-up will take place.

Before the Irish Airline President faced that fire, Michael O’LearyHe assures that the shortage of troops does not concern him, but admits this in statements heaventhat last weekend a quarter of its flights suffered delays, which it blames on air traffic control.

The CEO of IAG reckoned last week that this would be a difficult summer

As for Spain Britain’s Easyjet is also on strike with TCP unions, with nine days of protests announced yesterday: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 15th, 16th, 17th, 29th, 30th and 31st July. During the negotiations for the second agreement, it is the USO union that complains about blocking the workers’ proposals.

In France, the pilots are from AirFranceand ready to mobilize. The Alter union, with just over 20% representation in the group, is planning its strike for Saturday 25. The confrontation reaches the Billig subsidiary Transviawith a strong business volume to Spain.

In the group Lufthansawhich will forego around 1,000 flights in July to stabilize its operations Brussels Airlines the one that has under control half a thousand flights from tomorrow to Saturday before the strike announced by the representatives of the TCP. Finally, 315 operations are canceled and around 40,000 travelers are affected. And the situation in Brussels is being exacerbated by a strike by security personnel who already blocked Zaventem Airport on Monday. Paris Charles de Gaullehas been facing industrial action since July 1st.

Industrial action has erupted in northern Europe amid the fallout from the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the resulting closure of airspace Norwegian Organization of Air Traffic Control Engineers (NFO)which is already causing cancellations in the Scandinavian countries.

Summer has just begun and conflicts are heating up in a key sector of the European economy. IAG or Ryanair anticipate it will take several months to stabilize once engines have been shut down during the pandemic.

Source elpais.com

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