The corona pandemic has thinned out the number of employees in the tourism and transport industry, and many have migrated. Now, however, the customers’ enthusiasm for travel is reawakening.

Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) has warned of staff shortages in the travel and transport industry in the summer holidays.

The “Bild am Sonntag” said Wissing: “Two points meet here – on the one hand, people who, after all the deprivation and restrictions during the corona pandemic, feel a great need to catch up on being on the road and traveling. On the other hand, there is the travel and transport industry, which was virtually paralyzed during Corona and lost employees. »

In air traffic in particular, this gap has not yet been closed. The minister called for a “job initiative to attract skilled workers” and modernization of the infrastructure.

Many employees have left

The background is the lack of staff – from passenger control to aircraft handling to flight attendants, there are no employees who were looking for other jobs during the pandemic. “Across all locations, the service providers involved in handling passengers are missing around 20 percent of the ground staff compared to the pre-Corona period. This can lead to bottlenecks at peak times, especially at check-in, when loading suitcases and in the air security check,” said the general manager of the airport association ADV, Ralph Beisel, of the German Press Agency recently. The airport works councils estimate the total need at 5500 people nationwide.

Beisel emphasized in the “Bild am Sonntag” that due to the strict security requirements for staffing at airports, the so-called background check, employees could not be hired overnight.