Because there are a lot of canceled flights all over Europe

In recent weeks, many airlines around the world have canceled many of the flights they had planned, and in some cases have announced that they will have to cancel more in the coming months. These decisions have already caused great inconvenience to travelers, especially in Europe where the majority of currently canceled flights are concentrated, but similar situations also occur in the United States. Almost all cancellations have a common reason, which is a lack of staff.

Due to the pandemic and travel restrictions, many airlines have decided to cut off part of the seats, first of all dismissing some ground staff, which are considered unnecessary when the number of passengers has clearly decreased, and in some cases also pilots and co-pilots. from the trip. But now that restrictions on international travel are less and less and people are starting to fly again, many companies are finding themselves unwilling and unable to find employees to take on the duties of the person being fired. This has already caused many problems and is expected to lead to more during the summer, when a significant increase in the number of tourism travelers is expected.

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John Holland Kaye, CEO of the company that operates London Heathrow Airport, commented on this situation by telling him financial times This year, travel bookings are back up “much faster” than the industry can adapt. According to Holland-Kaye, in the past two years the sector has gone through an “existential crisis” from which it is struggling to recover due to a lack of revenue and very high fixed costs that companies have to continue to bear.

The first signs of what could happen over the summer were already seen two weeks ago in the UK, where two days of celebration close to the weekend have put many of the country’s airports in crisis: the platinum jubilee, celebrations of 70 years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II In the United Kingdom, two days of national holiday have been set for Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June, which along with the weekend gave British citizens the opportunity to take a long holiday bridge. But the airlines could not find enough staff in time for those days, and at the last minute they had to cancel many flights.

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Also in the UK in the following days, several airlines announced the cancellation of dozens of other flights per day: among those that canceled the largest number of flights was the British low-cost company EasyJet, one of the companies that has been in the most crisis recently (in as announced at the beginning of In May, it will remove the last row of seats from some of its planes, in order to employ fewer flight personnel).

But the problems did not stop in the United Kingdom, and also last week the German company Lufthansa announced that in July it would have to cancel about a thousand national and international flights, also operated by its subsidiaries Eurowings, Swiss Air and Brussels Airlines, because of this again. for lack of staff.

In Italy on June 8, some airlines had to cancel more than 300 flights due to a strike called by employees: in this case, too, the economic crisis due to the pandemic was connected with it. Labor unions had in fact spurred the strike with the poor contractual and working conditions of pilots, flight attendants and other corporate employees, which worsened in recent months after savings and layoffs decided to confront the crisis. Unions have warned that if there are no concrete measures to improve conditions for workers, there could be new strikes in the coming weeks.

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