Airports and airlines helpless in the face of strikes and staff shortages



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J. Bigard, L. Campisi, L. Trihan-Coignard, T. Breton, V. Vermat-Gaud, A. Tranchant – franceinfo

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A mess is brewing at airports this summer. If the companies deplore a lack of personnel in the face of the return of travelers, the unions are preparing strikes and demanding higher wages and better working conditions.

For those flying out this summer, the holidays could prove difficult. Ryanair staff have already gone on strike to complain about harsh working conditions. Across Europe, and particularly in France, flights have been canceled in the face of staff shortages and strikes. “We won’t take the same company again“, assures a traveler whose return flight has been canceled.

Airports and companies are disorganized in the face of the influx of passengers this summer. Demand is soaring, at levels well above expectations. “They have so many customers that they can no longer ensure [les vols]. In fact, we are breaking records to certain destinations“, explains Xavier Tytelman, Air & Cosmos aeronautical consultant. These difficulties are also explained by the job cuts by the thousands which were decided during the Covid period, when the planes were at a standstill. The German company Lufthansa had by example eliminated no less than 22,000 jobs at that time.

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