Black crisis for airlines. Staffing is at an all-time low, but requests are rising. Planes risk being abandoned on the ground (and so do travelers).
Summer has now finally arrived and, like never before in the last two years, there is a desire to return to fully enjoy the relaxation that has invaded our lives since Covid.
However, it is true that the pandemic has changed us. And whether we like it or not, we have to deal with the change that was triggered by an event that was, at least until now, absolutely unique to all of us. Something that until now has only been studied in textbooks, apart from the over-centenarians. In addition to the urge to live like before covid again, legitimate caution remains alive. And above all, the need to address a series of critical issues that have arisen after the economic crisis, resulting from the halt in consumption and social relations imposed by the measures taken to combat contagion. An image that has of course also shaped the world of work. In the past few days he had been angry the dispute over the lack of seasonal workerswith most attributing the reason to the unwillingness of young people to do their best in similar jobs and prefer support through measures such as citizenship income.
A staff shortage that apparently not only affected the tourism sector in the proper sense (accommodation, restaurants, etc.), but also the travel sector. In this case, however, not everything can be framed on the mere lack of temporary workers. In fact, the crews of the planes and airports themselves are missing, from pilots to air traffic controllers to airport staff. Or rather, it would not be enough to handle the full resumption of travel. Airlines talk about important figures but the two years of cuts have had an impact. And according to Lufthansa, 900 flights could be canceled shortly.
Personnel alarm, unmanned aircraft: the reasons for the shortage
The alert is worrying because the wording “soon” means the month of July. Virtually a disaster for an industry that needs to restart and that has its first real opportunity to get it right this summer. Not to mention that the cuts for low-cost airlines could be even more drastic. Airports have also reduced runways: Gatwick, for example, cut flights by 10% for the months of July and August, as did Schiphol in Amsterdam. the same in Paris, where another 10% was cut at Charles de Gaulle. The problem, according to the freight forwarders, would be the drastic reduction in staff and the need to outsource many tasks to external suppliers. Which means how one little accident can throw the entire system into a tailspin. Imagine a possible strike.
A similar thing happened in Belgium, where Ryanair employees folded their arms in the name of fairer pay. A strike has been called for the days of June 24, 25 and 26, which will undoubtedly plunge the country’s airports into a crisis. Also a few days ago Brussels airport had been forced to stop given the shortage of staff. A situation not supported by the historic moment that makes it difficult to replenish the workforce. Both for the still uncertain consequences of the pandemic and for an objective difficulty in finding the right resources. Or at least enough. The losers are likely to be the airplanes or flights. And with it the travellers. All this risks double prices for international flights and 20% for domestic flights. Another factor of chaos.