Jun 21. Global airlines wrapped up an annual summit on Tuesday by pledging to overcome operational problems that have marred the industry’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic such as labor shortages in airports.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) comprising almost 300 airlines sought to put into perspective the furor over recent airport and holiday chaos and tempered plans to boost capacity as the battered sector tries to solve staff shortages since air travel collapsed during the pandemic.
“Let’s relax a little; yes, we have challenges, but it is not everywhere,” IATA Director General Willie Walsh said, adding that the industry would be able to see its way through recent problems.
Walsh suggested that labor shortages can be managed and had not affected the entire industry.
The airline industry expects to narrow losses this year but has raised its forecasts owing to the brisk recovery while voicing concern about rising inflation and the conflict in Ukraine.