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Graphic shows where major European holiday air travel problems are.


Labour woes and staff shortages disrupting holiday flights

By Ninian Carter

July 25, 2022 - Strikes and staff shortages are causing airlines to cancel thousands of flights, leading to lengthy passenger queues at major airports.

Staffing woes in Europe are likely to continue to cause travel headaches during the hectic summer season, with airports and airlines clamouring to find workers to replace ones who quit or were made redundant during the heights of the coronavirus pandemic.

Compounding the issue are strikes by air travel industry workers demanding better pay and conditions which are contributing to hours-long queues at major airports and swathes of flight cancellations – dashing the hopes of people attempting to jet-off abroad on their first summer vacation since Covid-19 lockdowns all-but shutdown the travel industry in 2020.

PUBLISHED: 25/07/2022; STORY: Graphic News