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Airlines were unprepared when travel came roaring back after hiatus

As countries reopen borders and Covid curbs fall away, travel has sprung back with such voracity that it's resulted in an unprecedented labor crunch

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“All airports and airlines are short staffed at the moment,” said Geoff Culbert, the chief executive officer of Sydney Airport

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Airline and airport executives spent the past two years trying to convince everyone it’s safe to fly during a pandemic, touting reduced touch points and hospital-grade filters. Little did they know how overwhelmed they’d be once travel came roaring back.
 
From Sydney, where passengers are waiting for hours to check in, to chaotic scenes in India and Europe, where Deutsche Lufthansa AG is canceling hundreds of flights, the aviation industry doesn’t have nearly enough people to run operations smoothly, even as post-summer demand for travel is still unclear.

As countries reopen borders and Covid curbs fall away, travel has sprung

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First Published: Jun 17 2022 | 8:48 AM IST

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