The airline industry, which has experienced a rapid recovery after coming to a standstill during the Kovid-19 outbreak, is facing staff shortages and strikes. Airports and airlines in Europe are struggling with a severe shortage of staff in all areas, including ground handling, security personnel and flight attendants.
Canceled Lufthansa Flights in Germany
Lufthansa, which announced 900 cancellations at the beginning of June, has now announced that it has canceled 2,000 flights until the end of August. The spokesperson of the company stated that the 2,000 canceled flights were especially short flights. Lufthansa’s subsidiaries Eurowings, EasyJet and Swiss also canceled some of their flights during the holiday period.
It is stated that airline companies will have to cancel more flights if a solution to the lack of personnel cannot be found. German authorities quickly issued special permits for about 2,000 workers from Turkey to be stationed at German airports.
Lufthansa, which escaped bankruptcy in 2020 with a total of 9 billion euros in government loans, had reduced its number of employees by a quarter by the end of 2021. United Service Union (Ver.di) criticized Lufthansa’s serious downsizing during the Kovid-19 crisis, regarding the worsening of the situation.
Brussels Airport at the Top of Delays and Flight Cancellations in Europe
At Brussels Airport in July, 72 percent of the planes could not take off at the scheduled time, and some flights were cancelled. According to the information of the Belgian press based on the UK-based Official Aviation Directory, Brussels Airport was the place where flights were delayed the most in Europe in July.
While 72 percent of the flights were delayed, 2.5 percent were cancelled. Brussels Airport Spokesperson Nathalie Pierard stated that there are many reasons for the situation, and the lack of personnel in the areas of baggage handling and passport control are some of them.
The aviation industry is going through a difficult period due to personnel cuts due to reduced flights during the Kovid-19 epidemic, increased costs due to high inflation, and strikes by personnel due to higher wage demands. Many airlines in Europe, such as Lufthansa and British Airways, are canceling their flights.
Flights could not be made at Brussels Airport last month due to a strike, and Brussels Airlines canceled flights for 3 days.