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A difficult summer for air transport

Written by Gérard Tur on Tuesday, July 5th 2022 à 14:50 | Read 254 times

Strikes are multiplying in the airline industry, driven by wage demands and requests for improved working conditions.

Strikes are on the rise across Europe for Ryanair. Photo F Dubessy.
Strikes are on the rise across Europe for Ryanair. Photo F Dubessy.
EUROPE. Chaos threatens airports.
Airports and airlines alike are struggling to cope with the recovery in air traffic. Passenger numbers have returned to 2019 levels, but across Europe, ground and air staff have been laid off during the multiple waves of the Covid epidemic. As a result, thousands of pieces of luggage have been lost, queues at checkpoints have become endless, and many flights have been delayed or cancelled.
On the ground, the call for a strike by the firefighters' unions at Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle, but also by employees and subcontractors of Aéroports de Paris (ADP), has already disrupted the capital's hubs last weekend (2 and 3 July). The partial blockade is expected to continue with notices filed for the period 8 to 10 July and 13 to 17 July. Paris airports have already had to cancel hundreds of flights.
The situation appears equally tense in the air. Ryanair is facing a strike by cabin crew in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy and Belgium. The strike, which began several weeks ago, will continue with notices being given from 12 to 15 July, 18 to 21 July and 25 to 28 July. The strikers are primarily demanding that labour legislation in the countries concerned be respected, as well as pay rises. The company has already cancelled several hundred flights.
The same situation applies to Easyjet, but this time only in Spain, where flight attendants will stop work from 15 to 17 July and from 29 to 31 July. They are demanding that their salaries be aligned with those of their European colleagues.
The most representative pilots' union at SAS is calling for an indefinite strike at the beginning of July, leading the Scandinavian company to cancel every second flight. They are refusing to accept the 30% pay cut imposed by their management.
After a staff strike at the end of June, Brussels Airlines (Lufthansa group) decided to cancel 700 flights this summer to lighten the workload of its employees.


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