Factbox-Europe travel disruption extends into fall

Here is a summary of some of the developments:

LABOR UNREST

After job and wage cuts when COVID-19 halted travel, industry personnel from pilots to baggage handlers are demanding big pay rises and better working conditions.

** Union FNV said on October 6 that Amsterdam Airport Schiphol was offering security guards a pay rise of 20% on average in an attempt to address ongoing staff shortages. Schiphol, one of Europe’s busiest airports, has been battling long passenger queues for months and has cut capacity by almost a fifth until at least March 2023 due to the lack of security personnel.

**European flights were largely disrupted on September 16 as a strike by French air traffic controllers forced airlines to cancel half of those due to arrive or depart from Paris airports and others due to fly over France .

**Ryanair said the travel plans of 80,000 passengers had been affected as it canceled 420 flights, mostly intended to fly over France.

**Members of Ryanair’s Spanish cabin crew union plan to strike from Monday to Thursday each week until January 7 to demand higher wages and better working conditions.

** Lufthansa and the VC pilots’ union reached an agreement in a pay dispute on September 6, averting a second strike after the first forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

**EasyJet pilots based in Spain flew from Barcelona, ​​Malaga and Palma bases in Mallorca for nine days in August.

**SAS and Ryanair agreed terms with pilot unions in July, while British Airways and KLM signed agreements with ground staff.

** Norwegian Air agreed in June to a 3.7% salary increase for pilots, among other benefits.

SCHEDULE CUTS, CEILINGS ON PASSENGERS

Airlines including Lufthansa, British Airways, easyJet, KLM and Wizz Air cut thousands of flights from their summer schedules to ease disruption, while major airports including London Heathrow and Amsterdam Schiphol extended the number of passengers until the fall.

** Lufthansa’s low-cost airline Eurowings operated only half of its scheduled flights for October 6 as pilots staged a one-day strike to improve working conditions after failed talks. Around 30,000 passengers were affected, Eurowings said.

** Norwegian airline Flyr said on October 4 it would cut spending, with furlough plans and potentially steps to raise funds. The budget carrier and main rival of Norwegian Air and SAS added that it will adjust flight schedules during the winter season by suspending unprofitable routes and maintain enough staff to operate five or six of its 12 planes during the winter. winter.

**Schiphol said on September 29 that it would reduce daily passenger numbers by around a fifth until at least March 2023. The airport is struggling to solve a shortage of security personnel. Earlier in the month, Schiphol announced it would reduce daily passenger numbers by 18% until at least October 31.

** After previously reducing its summer schedule and halting ticket sales for short-haul flights from Heathrow until mid-August, British Airways announced on August 22 that it would be carrying out new cancellations until the end of October, after the airport extended its cap. departing passengers. It will also reduce its winter schedule by 8%, impacting around 10,000 flights.

** Meanwhile, London Gatwick Airport said it would not extend passenger number limits beyond August after beefing up security staff, while a board member from Lufthansa said the worst of the flight chaos was over for the airline.

HIRING AND INCENTIVES

Industry executives say it’s difficult to recruit for often physically demanding and relatively low-paying jobs at airports that are often out of town. Training new hires and getting them security cleared also takes months.

**Schiphol has agreed to pay 15,000 cleaners, porters and security guards an additional 5.25 euros ($5.25) per hour during the summer. He had to hire 500 security guards after starting the season with about 10,000 fewer workers than before the pandemic.

** Airport security company ICTS, which operates at Paris Charles de Gaulle, has offered a one-off bonus of 180 euros to those who delay their holidays after September 15 and 150 euros to staff who recruit new recruits, said a CGT union representative.

**Only around 150 Turkish airport workers have been hired by German airports, far fewer than initially expected. They will help with baggage handling under temporary contracts that will run until early November.

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(Reporting by Klaus Lauer in Berlin, Juliette Portala and Caroline Paillez in Paris, Toby Sterling in Amsterdam, Paul Sandle in London and Reuters offices; Compiled by Boleslaw Lasocki, Antonis Triantafyllou, Tiago Brandao and Marie Mannes in Gdansk; Editing by Kirsten Donovan, Milla Nissi, Mark Potter and Barbara Lewis)

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