The sudden influx of passengers to European airports following the lifting of restrictions on Covid-19 is a challenge, an organization that manages these airports confirmed yesterday that it has reduced its workforce during the crisis.
While reports of airport overcrowding are on the rise, ACI Europe has acknowledged that there are “significant restrictions” affecting air transport.
“The urgent challenge is to manage the sudden increase in traffic, as the epidemic has significantly affected and reduced the capabilities of airports and ground services,” Olivier Jankovic, general manager of ACI Europe, said in a press release.
“Currently it is about re-employment in a very narrow labor market throughout Europe,” he added, noting that “it is impossible to make adjustments overnight given the security accreditation procedures and the time required for training.”
The International Federation of Airlines, the president of the airline, “IATA”, called on Wednesday to urgently deal with the causes of overcrowding.
Willie Walsh, IATA general manager, expressed his dissatisfaction with the long waits at many airports, due to insufficient resources to manage the growing crowds, and called for measures to avoid stifling passenger enthusiasm.
KLM was forced to cancel dozens of flights to and from Amsterdam and Schiphol last weekend after large crowds poured in during the spring break.
Unions representing employees or contractors in the ADB group, which manages Paris airports, have also warned of the risk of overcrowding, especially during security monitoring, as there are 4,000 job vacancies on these platforms and companies are struggling to make ends meet. find work.
“The sector is facing operational difficulties in Europe and North America as a result of the exit from the crisis,” Benjamin Smith, CEO of Air France-KLM, said on Thursday.
“In the United States, there is a huge shortage of pilots, forcing many American companies to cancel flights this summer in some countries, there are no border police or customs, no security guards.
“What happened in Amsterdam is not good, it was very frustrating for us, very frustrating and unacceptable for our customers,” Smith added. “Let us do everything we can with Schiphol, to try to manage the situation better this summer.”
Both IATA globally and ACI Europe noted that turnout in March 2022 reached its highest level since the pandemic began affecting aviation in March 2020 and the passenger rate that year dropped to one third.
Last March, despite the war in Ukraine, the continents of the European continent received 65.9 percent of passengers compared to the same month of 2019, according to the organization. This is a clear improvement compared to the 41 percent recorded throughout 2021.
The French-Dutch airline Air France-KLM expects increased demand for travel, which will help it return to profitability this summer, as the company seeks to repay the support it received from the government during the Corona virus pandemic.
According to data provided by Air France-KLM on the stock exchange, it expects to achieve a balance between revenues and expenditures during the second quarter of this year, with significant profits during the third quarter of the year.
The company realized profits during the first quarter of this year before calculating taxes, interest and depreciation by 221 million euros (233 million dollars), which exceeds the company’s target.
According to Al German, Ben Smith, CEO of the company, said: “This paves the way for a successful summer season in all the activities of the company, which continues to strengthen its strength through the expanded transformation plan.”
While German airline Lufthansa achieved strong ticket sales during the first quarter of this year, which helped the company reduce its losses by overcoming the Corona virus pandemic.
Lufthansa announced yesterday that losses during the first quarter fell 44 percent year on year to 584 million euros ($ 619 million), compared to the same period last year.
The company generated revenue of 5.36 billion euros, compared to 2.56 billion euros in the first quarter of last year.
The company added, “New bookings are growing from week to week, not just business travel, but also vacations and leisure travel.”
Thanks to rising travel demand, the company, which also includes Swissair, Asturian Airlines and Brussels Airlines, maintained its expectations for the current year.
The company’s profits are expected to continue to improve from daily activity compared to its losses over the past year, which amounted to one billion euros.