High Passenger Demand Threatens to Ruin Summer Travel Plans
According to an industry group, global airports are anticipating smoother travel this summer due to increased staffing. However, during peak periods in Europe and North America, high passenger demand could still lead to extended queues, baggage backlogs, and delayed flights.
Last year’s labor shortages led to travel difficulties, and so airports, airlines, and government agencies have been recruiting to avoid a repeat this summer. Global passenger demand is set to return to pre-pandemic levels on most routes in 2023, adding more strain to the industry.
ACI World’s VP of safety, security, and operations, Thomas Romig, says the summer months will be difficult in Europe, North America, and Southeast Asia, but any disruption is expected to be limited to peak traffic periods. Schiphol airport and others might not have adequate staffing until the end of June.
While there are still fears of inflation and recession, low-cost airlines easyJet, Ryanair, and Wizz Air posted strong financial results due to high forward bookings. Airports are already preparing for the high season, with Schiphol considering reducing the number of passengers in May by 5%.
Meanwhile, Montreal-Trudeau International Airport is adding services to shorten lines ahead of spring break. Last year, Canada experienced long lines due to staffing shortages and winter weather disruptions.