Not only German vacationers have to worry about the start of their vacation. There is also a shortage of airport staff in Canada. Air Canada customers are now facing "major cancellations".
In Canada, too, the aviation industry is struggling with staff shortages. Air Canada announced "major cancellations" in its summer schedule. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra criticized "unacceptable delays" at the airports. The government is working with airports and airlines on "additional solutions to this global situation," he wrote on Twitter.
Air Canada chief Michael Rousseau said the coronavirus pandemic halted the global air transportation system in early 2020 - now, more than two years later, it's reviving. "People are coming back in a crowd unprecedented in our industry." However, this causes "tensions" in the entire system. Air Canada will therefore cancel extensive flights. That wasn't an easy decision.
In Germany, there are currently bottlenecks at many airports due to a lack of staff, resulting in long waiting times and other problems for passengers. It is feared that the situation will worsen during the peak travel season in summer. Lufthansa has already announced the cancellation of over 3,000 flights in the summer. The federal government wants to facilitate the entry of foreign helpers, especially from Turkey, who are to be used primarily for baggage handling.
Bottlenecks threaten, for example, at the capital's airport BER. "We see a very strong demand for vacation trips," said Easyjet Germany boss Stephan Erler. “Customers are more confident with the decrease in massive corona restrictions and reporting.” Despite the high demand, Easyjet had already taken several flights from the summer program a few weeks ago.