At Germany’s largest airport, there may be longer waiting times or even flight cancellations due to a lack of staff. Fraport plans to hire 1,000 new employees by the end of the year.

At Frankfurt Airport, passengers will also have to be patient in the upcoming travel summer. The Frankfurt airport operator Fraport expects problems with the handling of the aircraft, since 100 percent of the staff is still not available.

The ramp-up of air traffic from the Corona lull is running very quickly, said Fraport boss Stefan Schulte on Tuesday at the general meeting of the MDax group in Frankfurt.

In the summer, he expects 70 to 75 percent of the passenger volume from the pre-crisis period, with very strong peaks in operation, said Schulte. He apologizes for the not always good quality of service. The Fraport boss announced that he would straighten out the flight schedule in close coordination with the airlines, as was the case at Easter. Flights would have to be postponed or canceled altogether to avoid chaos. At Easter, the main customer Lufthansa had already canceled more than 100 flights in order to keep operations going.

Other European airports also had significant operational problems when ramping up operations. A major reason is the lack of staff at airports, airlines and service providers. During the Corona crisis, numerous companies had reduced their workforces and are now having problems recruiting new employees. Fraport plans to hire 1,000 new employees this year.