EasyJet to take out seats so it can fly with fewer crew

EasyJet will remove seats on some of its planes so it can function flights with fewer cabin crew, according to reports. The BBC said the summer changes would take effect as the airline battles staff shortages.

It comes as passenger numbers return to pre-pandemic levels. Airports across the UK, including Birmingham Airport, have been feeling the strain with travellers reporting long wait times to get by security.

By taking out the back row of seating on its A319 fleet, EasyJet said it would be able to fly with three cabin crew instead of four. That would limit numbers onboard to a maximum of 150 passengers.

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And the airline insisted flights would nevertheless meet Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations on the required number of the cabin crew. An EasyJet spokesperson said: “This summer we will be operating our UK fleet of A319s with a maximum of 150 passengers on board and three crew members in accordance with CAA regulations.”

Meanwhile, Travel giant TUI apologised to passengers left stuck in a huge queue so big it snaked out the doors of Birmingham Airport. Yesterday (May 7) saw an enormous line of customers outside in the latest problem to hit the air center.

TUI confirmed the issue was due to a delayed flight to Cape Verde and apologised to affected travellers. A spokesperson said: “We can confirm that, as a consequence of a delayed TUI flight to Cape Verde, some customers experienced longer queue times at Birmingham Airport this morning.

“We would like to apologise to those customers affected and thank them for their patience and understanding.”

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