SUMMARY: Foreign helpers should prevent holiday chaos at airports | News

BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – This summer, several thousand foreign workers were able to fill reliable holiday flights at German airports. “The federal government plans to allow urgent personnel to enter Germany for temporary work,” announced the Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) in “Bild am Sonntag”.

According to information from government circles, the four-digit number of specialists should help in Germany for a few months from July at best. According to information from the industry, around 2,000 employees are being discussed, including some from Turkey.

Transport minister Volker Wissing (FDP) spoke in the newspaper about the action being coordinated with Heil and Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD). Faeser added: “We will enable the use of foreign assistants to handle luggage, for example.” The principle is: “When it comes to safety, there are no compromises.”

Arnd Krummen, a member of the board of the police union (GdP), also appreciates this, said “Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung” (“WAZ”, Monday edition). He welcomes the move: “It is important that the entire chain runs smoothly, from check-in to gate exit to the plane. If this chain gets stuck at one point, for example when handling luggage, it also puts pressure on the safety of the check. “

Airports have also reacted with satisfaction and are now calling on the authorities to speed up the credibility of staff. According to the German commercial airports working group, the goal is rapid implementation.

During the corona crisis, many airport service providers laid off workers or looked for a new job themselves. The working group explained that every fifth operational employee is missing. It assumes a staffing gap of 5,500 employees, which is missing from check-in to passenger screening and aircraft handling.

“The industry would therefore like to rely on third-country personnel in the short term,” said a spokeswoman. “For example, 2,000 employees, some of whom are from Turkey, are in talks to help during the holidays.”

Heil stressed: “We want to rule out all forms of social dumping and exploitation. Employers have to pay wages and provide decent housing for a limited period of time. ” There isn’t much time left for that. School holidays have already started in North Rhine-Westphalia – for example, the long lines at Düsseldorf Airport.

Consider entrusting companies with responsibility for chaotic conditions at airports. “The federal government is not responsible for the staffing policies of airport companies and airlines,” he said. The Federal Ministry of Transport is responsible for air traffic control and the coordination of air operations. “And everything works smoothly there.”

Shortly before the start of the main holiday season, many airlines have canceled flights. Lufthansa canceled a total of almost 3,000 flights at its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich, also because more and more crews are reporting sickness due to the coronavirus. The low-cost subsidiary of Eurowings also canceled hundreds of flights in July. At Berlin airport alone, market leader easyJet has reduced its program for the summer months by around 1,000 flights.

Lufthansa does not expect flight operations to return to normal by next year. “Unfortunately, we will not be able to realistically achieve short-term improvements in the summer,” Lufthansa board member Detlef Kayser told Welt. Currently, it only helps to reduce the number of flights. This is not only a German problem, it affects the whole world. “We expect the situation to return to normal in 2023.”

Lufthansa and Eurowings want to largely exclude classic holiday routes from the cuts. First of all, it is necessary to eliminate flights within Germany and Europe, for which there are alternative train travel options. / Bf / and / DP / us

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