Traffic – Dusseldorf – rush to NRW airports: government wants foreign helpers – economy

Düsseldorf (dpa) – Vacation frustration instead of a tramp: For many North Rhine-Westphalia residents, their holidays kicked off this weekend with long lines and canceled flights. At least one of the causes of the problems: staff shortages at airports. The federal government wants to deal with this with a new initiative.

For example, in Düsseldorf, travelers reported to a DPA reporter on Saturday that they had been waiting at the airport for five hours. They came very early. There were troubles with the luggage transport system, which showed its vulnerable side early in the vacation. After the disruption on Friday, there was another disruption to part of the system on Saturday, the airport said. “Therefore, it cannot be ruled out that the luggage will be left in Düsseldorf today,” he said.

On the other hand, the security checks in Düsseldorf, which had often been a critical point in recent weeks, ran smoothly. “We have to wait 10 to 15 minutes in Düsseldorf and we are very pleased with that,” said a spokesman for the federal police.

The federal police were able to hire a second service provider to provide timely support. The main service provider also hired additional support staff.

The situation was completely different at the Cologne / Bonn airport on Saturday: “There we have a waiting time of 60 to 90 minutes at security checkpoints,” said the spokesman. This is due to the sickness absence of over one hundred employees. “You can’t compensate anymore.”

In order to counteract the staff shortage at airports in Germany, the federal government wants to create the possibility of temporary employment of foreign workers. Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) said it “Bild am Sonntag” (“BamS”). “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. “

Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) spoke in the newspaper about an action coordinated with Heil and Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) to “fix the staff shortage at German airports and present an interim solution.” 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.”

The newspaper, citing government circles, wrote that the goal was to attract a four-digit number of qualified Turkish workers who could be posted for a few months at most from July. For example, shortly before the start of the main holiday season, Lufthansa announced that it would cancel a total of almost 3,000 flights at its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich as more and more crews report sickness due to the coronavirus. The reason, in particular, is the lack of staff not only at the airline itself, but also at airports, for example during security checks.

Already on Friday – the last day of the NRW school – long lines were lining up in front of the security checks and check-in desks at the airports in Cologne / Bonn and Düsseldorf.

With many people returning on vacation after a forced break due to the corona, the car will lose its relevance, as predicted by the ADAC. Indeed, there was no major tide of highway travel in North Rhine-Westphalia on Saturday.

On the other hand, Deutsche Bahn saw an increase in travel. A spokesman said there were more people on weekends than on normal weekends. Added to this is a ticket for 9 euros, which has been available for almost four weeks. This allows passengers to travel all over Germany by local public transport in June, July and August. “Of course, there will be tense situations on the individual regional transport routes between the major cities in NRW and towards the North Sea,” said the president of the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV) of a German news agency. view of the beginning of the holiday season in NRW.

North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous federal state, was the first of Germany’s 16 federal states to begin their summer vacation on Friday for the final day of school. A week later they will be joined by the coastal states of Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and on Wednesday (6 July), Hamburg, Berlin and Brandenburg. The last ones are the southern federal states of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria – at the end of July and August 1, respectively.

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