There is no chaos at airports despite the wave of travel

Released on 16.10. 2021

  • Travelers are waiting in Hannover-Langenhagen Airport. Photo: Moritz Frankenberg

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More health certificates and staff shortages: The situation at the airports is currently often not a joy, at least at peak times. The feared chaos did not materialize on Saturday. 2021

Berlin (dpa) – Despite numerous Corona requirements and staff shortages, the feared chaos at German airports did not materialize on Saturday.

At Berlin Airport BER, where passengers a week ago Had to wait for hours and sometimes missed flights, there were queues in front of the check-in, said a spokesman. However, operations are largely normal. There were longer queues in Hamburg and Hanover. The autumn vacation ends this weekend in the Hanseatic city and Schleswig-Holstein, and they begin in Lower Saxony and Bremen. But this is nothing unusual, said a spokesman. «No long waiting times. It runs.” There were also longer queues in Munich because of the pandemic controls. But there were no problems, reported a spokesman. «The flights are all out on time. We received no complaints. ” In Bavaria, the autumn holidays start at the end of October, which is why the rush to travel is still imminent.

The federal police and airport operators had advised passengers to arrive as early as possible in order to be able to do check-in and checks. Two hours are considered a minimum because of the additional corona checks. A week ago at the beginning of the holiday, chaotic scenes had played out at the new capital city airport BER: passengers stood in the wrong queues, could not get their luggage or missed their connections because of the excessively long waiting times.

Association: Difficult situation for airports

The airport association ADV pointed out that the airports and service companies are in a special situation. “After months of almost complete standstill of air traffic due to the corona pandemic, the significantly increasing passenger numbers at the beginning of the holiday season lead to capacity bottlenecks at times,” said Managing Director Ralph Beisel.

Als He gave reasons, for example, due to the obligation to provide evidence due to the pandemic. In addition, many employees have terminated their employment because of the short-time work. New hires for companies with short-time work are usually not possible. “The economic situation is still tense – characterized by air traffic at a low level and at the same time pronounced peak times,” said Beisel. Many companies are therefore faced with the decision: short-time work or recruitment.

Because of the pandemic, air traffic almost came to a standstill last year. It could be years before the industry reaches pre-crisis levels.

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