EasyJet removes seats to be able to fly with less crew
EasyJet will remove seats on some of its planes so it can operate flights with fewer cabin crew, according to reports. the BBC said the summer changes would come into effect as the airline battles staff shortages.
It comes as passenger numbers return to pre-pandemic levels. Airports across the UK, including Birmingham Airport, have felt the pressure, with travelers reporting long wait times to clear security.
By removing the rear row of seats from its A319 fleet, EasyJet said it would be able to fly with three cabin crew members instead of four. This would limit the number on board to a maximum of 150 passengers.
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And the airline has insisted flights will still adhere to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations on the required number of cabin crew. An EasyJet spokesperson said: “This summer we will operate our UK fleet of A319s with a maximum of 150 passengers on board and three crew members in accordance with CAA regulations.”
Meanwhile, travel giant TUI has apologized to passengers stuck in a huge queue so big it squeezed through the gates of Birmingham Airport. Yesterday (7 May) saw a huge queue of customers outside in the latest issue to hit the air hub.
TUI confirmed that the problem was caused by a delayed flight to Cape Verde and apologized to the travelers affected. A spokesperson said: “We can confirm that due to a delayed TUI flight to Cape Verde, some customers experienced longer wait times at Birmingham Airport this morning.
“We would like to apologize to the affected customers and thank them for their patience and understanding.”
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