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Airports. Why you will have to arrive earlier so as not to miss your plane this summer

Airports.  Why you will have to arrive earlier so as not to miss your plane this summer
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During the confinements, the sky was emptied of its planes and the airports of their personnel. Problem, the resumption of air traffic accelerated suddenly in the first quarter. “Forecasters did not expect such a strong recovery in air traffic. At some French airports, such as Beauvais, traffic will even be higher than in 2019”says Thomas June, president of the union of French airports

In order not to miss their plane, passengers must allow more time to pass the famous security checks. “ Most airports, and especially the larger ones, expect the quality of the passenger experience to be inevitably affected by this staffing shortage this summer.”anticipates the International Airports Council.

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“We observe a problem of understaffing on the ground staff such as security agents, ground handling assistants (who load luggage or check tickets before boarding) but also in shops », explains Thomas June, president of the union of French airports. Last week, the ADP group (Aéroports de Paris) announced that it was recruiting 4,000 people.

Impossible to train new recruits before the summer

Since 2020, French airports have lost “15 to 20% of their staff”, according to Thomas June. Like those in the tourism or catering professions, employees have tasted a different pace of work, without staggered hours or on-call duty on weekends. “Our recruitment difficulties are linked to a lack of attractiveness »recognizes the president of the Union of French airports.

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Even if the sector is recruiting by the summer, it will have difficulty training its new agents before the rush of the summer holidays. “Security agents require between 3 to 5 months of training and a double validation of their approval by the State”. The consequences of the lack of staff are already real with long queues or canceled flights.

The control of returning passengers also worries representatives of French airports because of a drop in the number of police officers at the borders. “Without additional staff, a wait of more than two hours at the exit of the plane will be frequent”dreads Thomas June.

Airports. Why you will have to arrive earlier so as not to miss your plane this summer

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