The ultimate travel mess in Europe: Strikes, delays and staff shortages


Airlines are struggling to find more employees to reduce flight delays or cancellations, but this has not been possible so far.

The absolute summer travel… chaos prevails in Europe at this time of year. Strikes and staff shortages are forcing them Airlines cancel one flight after another, thousands of tourists are forced to sleep even in the airportswhile huge queues are formed at all major airports, disproving the hopes for a carefree summer after the coronavirus, which does not say to “leave” us …

It is a given that COVID-19as “Reuters” writes, has caused sweeping job cuts and pay cuts, and staff across the industry, from pilots to baggage handlers, are calling for pay rises and better working conditions. Specifically, the Norwegian AirEarlier in June, it agreed to a 3.7% pay rise for pilots, including benefits, with the ultimate aim of avoiding labor disputes.

From Brussels to Warsaw, from Amsterdam to London, there are some common causes for anger and chaos. The travel industry recovered much faster than expected from lockdowns and COVID, creating huge problems for companies that had sacked baggage handlers, ticket sellers and aircraft cabin crew andtime can not recover at the same rate. Staff who left suspended or fired during the pandemic do not seem to want to return to an industry that offers low wages and difficult working conditions.


Its staff British Airwaysat Britain ‘s busiest airport, is likely to go on strike next month over pay cuts due to the pandemic, which they say has not been fully restored.


A day of strikes in Belgium over the cost of living has forced Brussels Airport to cancel all flights departing on Monday and to close many bus services across the country.


Workers went on strike on June 9 to demand an increase of 300 euros ($ 313) a month and better working conditions, resulting in the cancellation of 25% of flights. Further action is scheduled for July 2.


British Ryanair pilots have accepted a better offer to restore wages after the coronavirus, while the unions representing the cabin crew in Belgium, Portugal, France, Italy and Spain are preparing to go on strike for one to three days each. in the week.


Spain-based easyJet staff plans to go on strike for nine days in July, demanding a 40% increase in their basic salary, which is much lower than in other countries such as France and Germany, the local union said. USO.


A German union representing Lufthansa’s ground staff is demanding at least € 350 a month more for 12 months to mitigate the effects of the rapid rise in inflation, with the first round of negotiations taking place on 30 June.


Some 1,000 SAS pilots in Denmark, Norway and Sweden will leave on June 29 due to wage disputes and cost-cutting plans at the troubled Scandinavian airline.

Reduced summer itineraries

EasyJet announced on Monday, June 20, that it is reducing thousands of flights this summer, while airports such as Gatwick and Schiphol are reducing the number of passengers it will serve this summer. Airports and airlines are trying to hire more employees, as there were thousands who left due to coronavirus.

Industry executives say it is difficult to hire people in such a short time, with little money and work at airports that are often out of town. Staff training and obtaining a security clearance also take several months.

The Portuguese Government plans to more than double the number of border guards at the country’s six airports by July 4, while in Spain, police will hire 500 extra staff. At German airports, about 20% of seats in security, check-in and aircraft service are vacant, according to the Ralph BeiselGeneral Manager of the Airports Association.


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