– After the pandemic-related slump, the demand for air travel is high. Airlines and airports cannot cope with the rush smoothly – there is a lack of staff. Now an airline even has to completely cancel a connection from Nuremberg.
No sooner have the problems with the baggage sorting system been resolved than there is more bad news for Nuremberg Airport: The Swiss airline Swiss will discontinue the connection between Nuremberg and Zurich from July to the end of October. According to the summer timetable, Swiss operates the Nuremberg-Zurich route five times a week. The airline’s final plans are not yet available to Albrecht Dürer Airport, according to the airport’s press office.
The reason for the step is a lack of staff. According to the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Verkehrsflughäfen (ADV), the industry is missing around 20 percent of the ground staff compared to the pre-pandemic times. The current staff is struggling to cope with the high demand.
This not only affects Germany, but also many parts of Europe. Hundreds of people missed their flight at Gatwick Airport in London last week because they had to queue for hours at the security check. There were too few employees. As a result, many travelers did not make it to the departure gate on time.
Women and men are desperately needed across Europe for check-in, for loading and unloading aircraft and for security checks. At the beginning of the pandemic, many employees were made redundant because air traffic almost came to a standstill. Apparently these did not come back with the boom in the travel industry. Nuremberg Airport has been posting job advertisements in social media since January. Employees are currently being sought for severance on a full and part-time basis or on a 450-euro basis.
A few days ago, Swiss reported that there were not enough cabin crew – and colleagues from Lufthansa had to help out. But even the largest German airline – Swiss is part of the Lufthansa Group – recently announced that it would be canceling 900 flights within Germany and Europe in July due to staff shortages.
Lufthansa Cityline feeder planes to Frankfurt depart from Nuremberg several times a day. According to the airline’s website, non-stop flights can still be offered in the morning, afternoon and evening in July.
The Munich and Frankfurt hubs are particularly affected by the cancellations. According to Lufthansa, passengers would be informed and rebooked on other machines or on train connections. The same applies to passengers who wanted to fly from Nuremberg to Zurich with Swiss. Those affected will be informed and offered alternatives, according to Swiss.
Swiss is not only canceling the connection to and from Nuremberg. Other short-haul routes are also affected, such as flights to Dresden or Warsaw. A long-haul connection from Zurich to San Francisco was also removed from the flight plan.
The airline Easyjet cannot carry out its flight plan as planned either. At the capital’s airport in Berlin alone, up to twelve flights a day could be canceled because there are no employees – during the peak travel season until the end of August of all times.