The variety of individuals working in air transport throughout the European Union is at its lowest stage in 14 years, official knowledge present, as airways diminished their workforce attributable to COVID-19.
Round 325,600 individuals have been employed by airways and related enterprises throughout the 27 member states through the first three months of the yr, based on figures from Eurostat launched on Tuesday.
That is the bottom quantity because the sequence started in 2008 and a major lower from pre-pandemic ranges — some 410,000 individuals have been employed within the air transport sector within the first quarter of 2019.
Employees aged 15 to 39 have been notably impacted with their general quantity dropping from 184,900 pre-pandemic to 121,400.
Authorities worldwide reacted to the unfold of the COVID-19 illness by shutting borders for non-nationals, which resulted in air journey numbers nosediving.
Based on the Worldwide Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), passenger figures slumped by 60% in 2020 in comparison with the earlier yr and whereas the sector began to recuperate in 2021, passenger numbers have been nonetheless 40% decrease than in 2019.
This was estimated to have led to a lack of revenues for airways of about $372 billion (€363 billion) and $324 billion (€316 billion) in 2020 and 2021 respectively.
Nationwide governments throughout the EU have been pressured to step in and bail out many struggling airways together with flagship carriers similar to Germany’s Lufthansa and France’s Air France.
This yr, nevertheless, airways have been criticised for failing to adequately restaff forward of the busy summer time season as labour shortages have been blamed for the tens of 1000’s of flight cancellations and extreme delays.