The long ordeal that summer vacationers will have to prepare for at French airports

published on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 6:05 p.m.

In the midst of a rebound, French air traffic is facing a shortage of staff. Long queues are expected at airports during the upcoming summer holidays, BFMTV reports.

You’ll have to be patient if you want to go on a plane vacation this summer.

Like many airports European airlines already have long queues, such as in London or Amsterdam, French air traffic will face staff shortages during the summer, BFMTV reported on Thursday (June 2nd).

“There will be a 15 to 20% staff shortage at French airports”announced Thomas Juin, president of the French Airports Union on Thursday. “Furniture is saved thanks to the partial unemployment set up during the health crisis that saved skills but not all”he said.

Arrive at least three hours before takeoff

If the situation is less chaotic than in our European neighbors, passengers will have to anticipate this issue and arrive at least three hours before take-off. Security and stopover agents are among the most missing personnel.

The aviation industry is having a hard time recruiting, due in part to delayed schedules, late schedules, precarious contracts, and low employee pay. Very long recruitment delays are also a problem. French airports, which are looking for 4,500 workers, will therefore not have time to make up for this shortage of staff by next summer.

An ephemeral traffic rebound?

There is also no certainty that the rebound in traffic will continue until the end of the year. “There is a recovery in demand but I am very cautious for the fall, our figures already show a low for September-October”warned Marc Rochet, CEO of Air Caraïbes.

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