Airlines around the world have closed their annual summit on Tuesday, promising to overcome operational problems that undermine the industry’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, such as labor shortages at airports.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which consists of about 300 airlines, has resolved staff shortages in the sector hit by the recent turmoil in airports and holidays and the collapse of air travel during a pandemic. In order to try, I tried to relax the plan to increase the capacity.
“Let’s relax a bit. Yes, we have a challenge, but it’s not everywhere,” said IATA Secretary of State William Walsh, adding that the industry will be able to overcome recent problems. rice field.
He was talking to reporters when the airline closed the three-day Doha meeting. It features a faster recovery than expected for air travel that has surprised airports and many planners.
Walsh, a former CEO of Aer Lingus, BA and IAG, suggested that he could manage the labor shortage and not affect the industry as a whole.
“There are certain airlines and airports. Not all airports. Not all airports. Not every day. Not every week of the year,” Walsh said.
“I think some airlines have decided to adjust their capacity in the future, reflecting the fact that they may not be able to hire people early.”
Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said Europe’s problems were exacerbated by restrictive immigration policies.
“I think this is just the beginning of the structural problems we face in Europe with regard to blue-collar labor due to demographic development,” Spohr said.
“This is also something that politics must see, as it is not an aviation issue, nor a restaurant, hospitality, or hotel issue. This is the beginning of a labor market change that we adjust better. “
The aviation industry expects to reduce losses this year, but has raised expectations with a vigorous recovery, while expressing concern about rising inflation and the Ukrainian conflict.
Airlines may need to adjust their capacity plans to address staff shortages, but not all airlines and airports are facing the turmoil recently seen in Europe, Walsh said. He said at a press conference.
Walsh predicted that the industry would overcome current capacity and staffing challenges.
However, he said airlines could not absorb the sharp rise in fuel costs and are asking companies to produce sustainable aviation fuel.
Walsh also promised that the aviation industry would stick to its commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, despite discussions on the speed of alternative fuel development.