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Strikes and Labor Shortages Leave European Airports in Chaos

  • Sharp uptick in travel demand has clashed with staff shortages
  • Strikes at airports and rail operators are also looming
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The long-awaited post-lockdown travel boom is rapidly turning into a bust for holidaymakers as Europe’s aviation industry struggles to overcome crippling staff shortages and labor strife, forcing airlines to cancel hundreds of flights ahead of the peak summer period.

Deutsche Lufthansa AG joined other carriers this week in axing its schedule because the German airline doesn’t have the staffing to cope with demand. Lufthansa is scrapping some 900 flights in July, or 5% of its typical weekend capacity, adding to snags at carriers from Air France-KLM to Ryanair Holdings Plc to British Airways, who have all struggled to sustain operations.