Labor disputes and staff shortages at European airports have spurred the search for more workers and efforts to reduce the number of canceled flights and reduce the problems faced by passengers during the busy summer season.
Workers at the French airport Charles de Gaulle staged a strike to raise wages and a quarter of flights were canceled and the strike by a large number of airport employees is expected to cause delays for passengers whose flights were not canceled. .
Although the strike did not extend to Orly Airport, there is likely to be some unrest there. Air France canceled 85 short and medium-haul flights yesterday, due to the strike of airport employees. French unions organizing the strike in Terminal 2 of the airport demand an immediate increase of 300 euros.
And according to Reuters, the crews of the low-cost airlines, Ryanair, EasyJet and Volutia in Italy, were fired yesterday. Ryanair’s cabin crew plan to go on strike in Europe this summer after talks with two Spanish unions ended, according to a statement.
Airport managers are trying to quickly hire new staff, as the resurgence of air travel following the pandemic-induced recession leads to flight cancellations and long queues lasting several hours.
Airlines, affected by the drop in travel during the pandemic, were counting on a resurgence of travel during the summer as prices soared to offset rising fuel costs. Some countries also rely on tourism to revive severely hit economies.
The head of the International Air Transport Association said severe congestion also occurred before the pandemic, and is now limited to some airports and has been exacerbated by delays in obtaining required safety badges for newly recruited staff.
In North America, Tory Gass, a spokeswoman for the Toronto Greater Airports Authority, said Canada’s busiest airport is allowing some employees who have not yet earned their badges to work temporarily under the supervision of certified personnel.
JAS added that the temporary permit was recently introduced at Toronto Pearson International Airport in response to the large volume of ID card applications for restricted areas. It takes about 45 days to get these cards.
Transport Canada said it received 13,722 nationwide applications for permits required for employees in the first quarter of 2022, up from 5,968 applications over the same period in 2021.
In Europe, Dublin and Heathrow airports employ observers, while Amsterdam Schiphol Airport increases staff salaries.
On Tuesday, Spain announced the appointment of 500 additional police officers to work in passport control at crowded airports and tourist destinations, including Madrid.
The Spanish Interior Minister attributed the news of overcrowding at border checkpoints to the arrival of multiple flights at once. But the Spanish Association of Hotels and Tourist Accommodation, the largest hotel business group in the country, said the delay could have been avoided because it linked to the end of free travel for British citizens to Spain due to their country leaving the Union. European.
“This situation should not surprise us,” federation president Jorge Marical said in a statement.
On the other hand, one think tank stressed that there is a need for “fast, bold and sustainable” public policies to ensure that the pace of decarbonisation in the aviation sector matches the pace.
In a study, the International Council on Clean Transport (ICCT) considered that aviation emissions in absolute terms should begin to fall before the end of the decade and, if possible, before 2025, stay “within the limits” of the agreement. Paris climate of 2015..
The council developed three scenarios, the first of which is a “baseline scenario” in which no action is taken, meaning that the aviation sector will emit 48.6 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide between 2020 and 2050, and thus a heating path that may exceed two degrees Celsius, the maximum set by the COP21 climate summit. .
Apart from severely restricting the growth of air traffic or initiating carbon sequestration, none of the ICCT scenarios envisages the aviation sector engaging in a 1.5 ° C target, the most ambitious target under the Paris Agreement.
But if greater measures are taken, such as the widespread use of sustainable aviation fuels developed from biomass or future reliance on a mixture of “green” carbon dioxide and hydrogen, the “carbon budget” for aviation in the period between 2020-2050 may fall. at 22.5 gigatonnes, which corresponds to a heat of 1.75 degrees Celsius, according to ICCT estimates.
If this model is adopted, “rapid, robust and sustained interventions” by governments will be needed to “unlock large investments in zero-emission equipment and fuels”.
In this case, in 2050, “CO2 emissions (from the air) will be reduced by 94 percent compared to 2019 levels.”
Airlines affiliated with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have approved the goal of achieving “zero net emissions” by 2050.
On the other hand, airlines are not planning to reduce traffic or at least limit its growth, as some NGOs claim: they plan to transport 10 billion passengers in the middle of the 21st century, compared to 4.5 billion in 2019, ahead global health crisis. .