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Europe’s Summer Travel Revival Could Sputter Due to Worker Shortages

A staffing crisis at airlines, airports, and even the Chunnel left some operators overwhelmed as travel demand comes roaring back.

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European travel businesses have been eagerly awaiting the scrapping of border curbs since the pandemic started. Now that restrictions are lifting, they’re creaking under the strain of surging demand.

Delays and cancellations at airports, turmoil at ferry ports, and issues with trains connecting Britain and France have turned the exodus from northern Europe to the sunnier south into an obstacle course for millions of tourists.