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After two years of the crown pandemic, the demand for air travel is growing again. But the industry can’t handle attack. At the same time, ticket prices are to rise.

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Ryanair Germany boss Andreas Gruber expects ticket prices to rise and will continue to rely on regional airports.

“We expect an increase of five to ten percent,” said Badische Latest News (Thursday). Despite rising flight prices and the uncertainty surrounding the world, it expects more passengers.

The ten-year collaboration with Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden airport (FKB) has paid off. “In total, we have already transported ten million people to and from Baden-Baden. This year, our goal is to number one million passengers. This is much more than it was before the pandemic. ‘ The airport is an important partner with the goal of further long-term development. “In Germany, our priority is regional airports because we are not satisfied with the remaining fare structures,” says Gruber.

Lufthansa and Eurowings are canceling hundreds of flights for July

The increased demand for air travel is also noticeable with other airlines. Lufthansa and its subsidiary Eurowings are reducing their flight schedule in July due to a lack of in-house staff and with suppliers of ground and airport services.

Lufthansa removed 900 flights in Germany and Europe from its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich for July, the airline said on request. The cancellations are made on the days of the week, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, which corresponds to five percent of the planned bandwidth on the weekend. Eurowings is also canceling several hundred flights to stabilize the July offer.

Airlines suffer from a post-pandemic staff shortage

The entire aviation industry, especially in Europe, is currently struggling with bottlenecks and a lack of staff – from passenger screening to aircraft and flight attendants. There is a shortage of employees who were looking for other jobs during the pandemic.

Lufthansa and Eurowings have implemented numerous measures to ensure the greatest possible stability of the flight schedule, underlined Lufthansa. “However, it is foreseeable that due to bottlenecks, flight plans cannot proceed as expected.” Passengers will be informed immediately of any cancellations and, if possible, they will rebook on other Lufthansa or Eurowings flights. Alternatively, passengers in Germany could travel to the airports by train.

Travelers should use online check-in

The airlines have asked passengers to arrive at the airport in good time for the upcoming holiday season and to use online check-in and check-in the night before, if possible. Hand luggage should be reduced to the essentials to avoid long waiting times for security checks.

Following the cancellation of flights with major European airlines over the Pentecost weekend due to a shortage of staff, concerns have increased about chaotic conditions during the peak tourist season. After the departures and layoffs during the pandemic, the industry does not yet have enough hired and active workers to cope with the rush of travel.

“At all locations, service providers involved in handling passengers are about 20 percent short of ground staff compared to the pre-crown period. This can lead to bottlenecks, especially during rush hour check-in, suitcase loading and air security checks, ”said Ralph Beisel, ADV’s Director General of Airports recently. (dpa)

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