EasyJet to remove Row of seats on aircrafts to deal with staffing crisis

EasyJet aircrafts will now have less cabin crew as it takes measures to deal with staffing crisis

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Airlines across the globe are facing an acute shortage of staff amidst a time when the demand for travel has sky rocketed. People have started to venture out post COVID-19 and the increase in the travel demand has made it tough for the airlines to manage. EasyJet has come up with a solution by removing some of the seats from its aircrafts this summer season that would help them the number of staff members they need on board.

As per the airline law, the company is required to provide at least one cabin crew for every 50 seats. EasyJet will be removing the final row of six seats from the A319, which is its smallest aircraft that will cut the number of passengers and will also limit the requirement of cabin crew from four to three. The airlines across the world are facing a tough tie recruiting staff at the salaries they are ready to pay. At the same time, the airline is also having a tough time while handling the high demand of travel as international travel restarts.

To deal with the ongoing scarcity, the airports and airlines are coming up with different measures by hiring thousands of staff members. Many international travel destinations have been reopened for tourism from the countries including the United Kingdom. It was in the month of January when the government lifted the restrictions on international travel. EasyJet chief executive, Johan Lundgren while talking about the travel demand had earlier said that the it is expected to reach pre-COVID levels despite a few problems that include security clearance for the new recruitments.

During the Easter holiday, EasyJet was forced to cancel nearly hundreds of flights due to staffing shortage as a number of 9its staff members fell sick during a wave of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom. Usually airlines avoid any staffing issues as they could be liable for deep bills of compensation in two weeks of departure dates.

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