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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Canceled flights, disrupted holidays, jittery mood swings: FAQs about the chaos in the airline industry

People around the world are eager to travel again as pandemic restrictions are being lifted. But those planning to hop on a plane for the holiday are dismayed by the chaos in the airline industry. In both North America and Europe, thousands of flights have been canceled and the journeys of hundreds of thousands of passengers disrupted.

Here are answers to some of the major questions about the current problems with air travel.

Why are so many flights canceled or delayed?

The major reason for these disruptions has been the lack of qualified personnel at airports to handle the recent increase in passenger traffic.

Airlines are taking advantage of recent demand for air travel by scaling back aircraft and flight schedules to close to 80 percent of pre-pandemic levels, resulting in flight volumes placing significant strain on the capacity of supporting infrastructure – airports, airports Traffic control and labor conditions.

Air travel, as measured by the number of kilometers traveled by paying passengers, has resumed as pandemic restrictions are lifted.
(International Air Transport Association)

Are the problems only happening in certain airports or is it a worldwide issue?

Overcrowding is rapidly spreading at many European and North American airports during the summer 2022 travel season. The reason behind this concentration of congestion is quite simple: these are the air travel markets that have experienced the largest number of air travelers in recent months.

The rapid elimination of COVID-19 protocols in these markets since March has led to a significant increase in demand for air travel, which has not seen passenger numbers in more than two years. This increase in volume is highly attested in major airline hub airports such as Amsterdam, London, New York and Toronto, where thousands of passengers are processed every day.

Are all problems related to the pandemic?

When the global air travel market collapsed in March 2020 with travel restrictions and border closures, the commercial aviation industry took steps to conserve cash and maintain a minimal workforce.

With years of experience and technical expertise removed from the ranks of the commercial aviation communities, hundreds of thousands of aviation workers were laid off or terminated.

With the aid of governments around the world, more than US$200 billion in financial assistance was provided by governments to help the commercial aviation industry maintain minimum service and prevent financial collapse.

When demand for air travel returned this March, the hiring frenzy began, but in a very different labor environment. Those who left in 2020 had, for the most part, moved on to other career opportunities and were no longer much interested in returning to an industry with low compensation and high employment risk. Staff shortages therefore have their origins in the pandemic, and will continue to impact employment levels as travel returns.

Queue Of People Waiting Behind Railing At Airport
Passengers wait in long lines to check in and board flights at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, Netherlands, on June 21.
( Associated Press Photo/Peter DeJong, FILE)

How many more people are traveling these days than a year ago – and compared to pre-pandemic levels?

The International Air Transport Association publishes air travel statistics relating to air travel volumes in various world markets. It is noted that there is a significant difference in air travel volume compared to both the 2021 and pre-pandemic levels.

The air travel market that has shown the highest rebound has been domestic North America – travel for April 2022 grew by more than 280 percent compared to April 2021 traffic levels, but 30 percent compared to April 2019 levels. A little more than a percentage.

In the Chinese domestic market, travel restrictions related to the pandemic and occasional city lockdowns have reduced traffic levels by close to 80 percent in April 2022 compared to April 2021 and 2019.

What can be done to prevent delay?

There are several approaches that can be applied to address the current level of delay.

European officials have announced specific reductions in flights, while the US government is threatening to cut flights as a means of reducing flight cancellations.

The Government of Canada has facilitated a meeting with major aviation organizations in Canada to discuss a concrete and effective resolution, and Air Canada has agreed to implement it to reduce congestion at both Toronto Pearson and Montreal Trudeau airports. measures announced.

Canadian government officials have also announced plans to hire about 2,000 additional border guarding and screening personnel to deal with specific problems of overcrowding. Labor groups are not sure that such actions will solve the problems of overcrowding.

The main issue is the amount of air passengers being pulled into the airport environment by the amount of flights operated by airlines. Airlines have decided to increase their capacity to meet the growing demand for air travel, but the airport infrastructure is not equipped to handle such volumes.

While such enthusiasm by the airline industry is laudable at a time when there are adequate and experienced staff available at airports, this is no longer the case – and will not be so for the foreseeable future.

Blurred Photo Of People Walking Back And Forth At The Airport
Passengers queue to protect themselves at London’s Heathrow Airport on June 22. People may face travel disruption till at least September.
( Associated Press Photo/Frank Augustine)

How long will it run?

The summer travel season is in full flight in the Northern Hemisphere. The additional airline capacity and greater demand for air service by the travel-starved population will continue until at least September.

Unless action is considered by American, European and Canadian carriers that reduce peak loading of aircraft movement, congestion and delays will continue at major airline hubs in North America and Western Europe – and likely to deteriorate.

Most likely will be in the fall, as demand for air travel decreases with the arrival of the school season. With the advent of normal commercial air operating conditions, staffing by the fall will also reach the required level.

Other issues that can dampen demand include higher airfares due to inflation and higher oil prices, which can affect the survival of some airlines.

What advice would you give to air travelers over the next few months?

Airport authorities are offering travelers guidance on how to best prepare themselves for summer travel, including tips on avoiding delays at security checks.

In this coming heat of disruption, I would advise travelers to start their air travel with patience, make sure they are well rested before departing for the airport and remember that airline staff too Experiencing stressful moments during the day.

A smile, a thank you and, above all, a caring attitude to fellow passengers and staff are essential. Air travel experience will be better!

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