Staff shortage due to Corona
Lufthansa boss warns of flight cancellations
04/09/2022, 4:47 p.m.
German airports are desperately looking for staff. The industry is feeling the consequences of the Corona crisis, when sometimes hardly anyone boarded a plane and jobs were lost. Lufthansa boss Spohr has more bad news for travelers.
Lufthansa boss Carsten Spohr warns of further flight cancellations in spring and summer due to lack of staff at airports. From this weekend, when the Easter holidays begin in many Länder, Lufthansa will have to cancel a three-digit number of flights, Spohr said in an interview with the newspaper “La Suisse en weekend”.
When asked if there was a threat of canceled flights in the spring and summer, he replied: “Unfortunately yes, I’m very worried about that.” Aviation is experiencing strong catch-up effects after two years of the corona pandemic. “The wanderlust has built up, and for some destinations our bookings are even higher than in 2019.” For private travel, he expects a full recovery in 2023. “I’m more skeptical about business travel.”
There is a shortage of staff at airports as jobs have been cut during the Corona crisis and people are now desperately looking for employees. Fraport, for example, wants to hire 1,000 new employees at Germany’s largest airport in Frankfurt am Main this year, but has only found around 300. The search for new employees is proving difficult as a part of the employees affected by partial unemployment during the crisis have migrated to other sectors.
“Tickets are getting more and more expensive, that’s for sure”
In addition, the labor market in Germany, but also in Europe, is relatively empty, said Fraport director Alexander Laukenmann beforehand. “This means that we are somewhat behind in building up the necessary qualified personnel to cope with these travel peaks that are currently occurring,” said the Fraport Aviation division director.
Due to rising kerosene prices, Lufthansa boss Spohr also announced higher prices for plane tickets. “Tickets are getting more and more expensive, that’s for sure,” he told the Schweizer Zeitung. “If the price of oil goes up $10 a barrel, the ticket price goes up $10 on average,” he calculated. For the aeronautics industry, the boss of Lufthansa expects further consolidation. “Some European airlines won’t make it.” That is why he expects further takeovers by major airlines. Lufthansa itself, together with Swiss shipping company MSC, has submitted a bid to take over Italian state-owned airline ITA.