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June 25, 2024
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How do airline bosses and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) rate the current delays and cancelations in air travel, caused by staff shortages? AirInsight asked some of them from across the globe for their views at this week’s Annual General Meeting in Doha (Qatar). We got some interesting observations. Are labor shortages and disruptions temporary or an iceberg coming?

London Heathrow or Gatwick, Amsterdam Schiphol, Madrid Barajas, Belfast, Frankfurt, Hamburg… All well-known European airports recently hit the headlines for the wrong reasons. Long queues of passengers, frequently lining up for check-in and/or security checks for over four hours, have apparently made flying a grueling experience. And when they have got through, it’s not uncommon to be confronted with a last-minute cancelation, either imposed by the airport or caused by the airline unable to operate the flight.


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Richard Schuurman
Active as a journalist since 1987, with a background in newspapers, magazines, and a regional news station, Richard has been covering commercial aviation on a freelance basis since late 2016. Richard is contributing to AirInsight since December 2018. He also writes for Airliner World, Aviation News, Piloot & Vliegtuig, and Luchtvaartnieuws Magazine. Twitter: @rschuur_aero.