Amid a Labor Squeeze, EasyJet Rightsizes Airplane Seats to Fewer Cabin Crew

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May 9. UK budget airline, EasyJet, will remove a row of seats from its planes so it can operate flights with fewer cabin crew it announced Monday.

The airline said it will remove the last row of seats on some of its Airbus A319 aircraft, limiting the number of passengers on board to 150.

By removing the seats, it means the aircraft will be able to operate with three cabin crew members instead of four. According to UK regulations, airlines must provide one cabin crew member for every 50 passengers on board an aircraft.

The announcement comes as the airline sector battles a staff shortage. After slashing employee numbers when travel plummeted during the pandemic, carriers are now struggling to recruit the staff needed to keep up with a rebound in demand for flights.

EasyJet, which canceled hundreds of flights in April citing COVID-related staff shortages, said it expected to be “back to near 2019 levels of flying.” It flies around 300,000 passengers a day at the height of the summer season.

Source: Insider

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