EasyJet: major change made to help tackle staff shortages

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EasyJet has announced plans to remove seats from its planes so they can fly with fewer crew members and address the airline’s staff shortages.

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The number of crew members required for flights depends on the number of passengers on board and is prescribed by the Civil Aviation Authority.

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Here we take a look at why easyJet is planning to remove seats from planes.

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Why is easyJet planning to remove seats?

By eliminating the rear row of seats on its A319 aircraft, the low-cost airline is limiting the number of passengers per flight to 150 and can fly with three crew members instead of four.

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The news comes after European airlines, including easyJet, had to cancel thousands of flights in the run-up to Easter.

The airline expects to operate at “close to” pre-pandemic flight levels this summer, and for the first three months of 2022 it was operating at 80% of 2019 capacity.

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what was said

EasyJet told the PA news agency that it was an “effective way” to operate its fleet this summer.

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The statement said: “This summer we will operate our UK A319 fleet with a maximum of 150 passengers on board and three crew members in accordance with CAA regulations.”

“This is an effective way to operate our fleet while also building additional resilience and flexibility into our operations this summer, where we expect to fly again close to 2019 levels.”

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