Chaos in Europe’s skies and airports, this is what happens


L ‘Latest ‘preventive’ announcement comes from British Airways, which announced the cancellation of 1,500 flights in the coming weeks, due to difficulties at its hub at Heathrow Airport. But the difficult situation of civil aviation is now public, and July threatens to be evidence of the complexity of the “rebalancing” of the system: it is a crisis that affects different segments, from low-cost to the most famous airlines, and so on. to the airport level.

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Sector Problems – DellindustryAs the insider says – it’s tied to a staff shortage, a legacy of the most difficult phase of the pandemic. Something small: A large number of workers left civil aviation (passengers) due to dismissal or non-renewal in 2020-2021 (implemented by companies to reduce losses or to reassure banks and investors), They repositioned themselves in more suitable sectors Today, companies (as well as airports) struggle to find employees.

However, the journeys began again, faster than previously thought: when the companies returned to ask for employees, they encountered many difficulties.
Work on the plane and at the airport offices has become heavier For already existing employees, who have called A series of strikes to demand interventions and more rights: dynamics affected low cost in particular, where cost pressure was more fierce.

Airports and businesses in disarray: the first signs of May

The first alarm bell has already sounded in the UK in May, on the occasion of the platinum jubilee, the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom: two days of the national holiday were set for Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June, which gave the British a chance to build a four-day “bridge” . The demand increased abruptly, as companies scheduled more flights, but then due to staff shortages, they had to cancel many flights, which also caused problems in the chain.

The unexpected resumption of civil aviation

In part, companies have prepared themselves to deal with a “downside” summer, with little demand and few staff available: an example is the case of Easyjet which decided to remove a row of seats on its UK planes to reduce the number of seats needed for flight attendants.

Although there were those who predicted that the exit from the pandemic would be characterized by a special vitality for people, The demand for the summer of 2022 was much higher than the prudent estimates made by the companies This led to domino effect problems.

I work for companies: a lot has changed

Demand grew rapidly, airlines increased their flights but failed to increase their staff.

As is believed for other sectors, Leakage – forced. or voluntary – by many civil aviation workers In 2020-2021 he was also accompanied by him Repositioning in sectors considered more stable: Today’s work in the field of logistics – even at the airport, in “cargo cities” – is safer and more stable than the passenger sector.

at airports

Airport managers also had to intervene with staff To absorb losses, despite the intervention of global governments in this case more to support infrastructure. Now, as we face recovery, Even managers and service providers found themselves in difficulty To find the staff. The data is particularly empirical here, but at many European airports, travelers are feeling more difficult at the different stages on the ground that a passenger has to face, from security checks to baggage delivery. To be sure, difficulties also involve delays.

Heathrow Airport, for example, last week asked airlines to reduce flights to deal with ground staffing issues (hence the massive British Airways cut we mentioned at the beginning).

General Malpensa

Few employees, a lot of tension and strikes are increasing

The Difficulty finding staff Meanwhile, as an expected result, a Increasing pressure on existing employeesOn the ship, and on the ground, too. This has led to a series of strikes at European level, notably on low-cost (Easyjet, Ryanair and its subsidiaries Volotea): there were two strikes in June and a third international strike is already scheduled for mid-July in Italy. 17, as we shall see in the last paragraph.

The strike at the European level shows a fact repeated by many analysts: The work crisis is not in one country, in one airport, or in a particular companybut It is a comprehensive crisisindustryfrom the whole industry, which has been used for great flexibility in working.

It is a fact to bear in mind, that even simpler analyzes (and regional ambiguities) in Italy, for example, place the blame on citizenship income.

balance point

As in other sectors, such as catering, the crisis shows a change in business, supply and demand dynamics.
This crisis “puts the transport guilds in an extraordinarily strong positionPolitico summed up yesterday: “They hope to reverse not just the pay cuts caused by the pandemic, but decades of attrition by airlines that have cut costs so much that some airline crews have been forced to pay for water bottles. [sul lavoro](Referring to one of the strikes suits against Ryanair.

Even at the airports, there is a demand for greater protection and greater stability affecting all of Europe, from Charles de Gaulle to Schiphol, and even the Milan airports themselves that took part in the recent strikes by airport workers (and not only: see the double strike of cleaning crew).

General Malpensa

It will probably take some time to find a balance between supply and demand. Also from the corporate front, it is assumed that there will be a change in the methods of hiring and training employees, while in the long run it relies more on technology investments to reduce the need for manpower.

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It is not easy to make predictions, Long-lived species.
According to the CEO of Heathrow Airport, it will take “twelve to eighteen months” to restore full operational capacity. In part, “preventive” cuts tend to give guarantees, while reducing the overall supply (in Malpensa at the beginning of the summer it was calculated that 91% of the seats offered were recovered in total).

naturally It can be said that the month of July is complicated.
The US has just passed the peak of July 4, which saw a flurry of cancellations and thousands of delayed flights, the huge version of the British Jubilee half-disaster (the one that ushered in a complex summer and mentioned earlier). But many problems remain, and major carriers – such as Delta and United – have announced budget cuts for July anyway.

The next strike, of course, is the one scheduled for mid-July: Low-cost airlines strike across Europe, the date is July 17, the day other Italian disputes at airports will be added.
Without the ability to perform accurate analysis, the A barrage of expected strikes on Spain’s airports (including tourism related destinations, such as Palma de Mallorca) and the aforementioned strong conflict in Heathrow.

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