EasyJet cuts seats on planes to address staffing shortages

The airline has canceled hundreds of flights due to staffing issues (Image: Reuters)

EasyJet will cut seats from planes to address staffing shortages while the company recovers from the impact of the pandemic.

Airlines are required by the Civil Aviation Authority to provide one cabin crew member for every 50 seats.

The A319 aircraft that easyJet uses normally have 156 seats and require four cabin crew.

However, the airline has announced that it will take away six seats so that it can operate with three employees. The move will limit the number of passengers to 150 per flight.

It comes after easyJet and other airlines were forced to cancel hundreds of flights, much to the frustration of families who had booked Easter holidays.

Airports have been thrown into chaos as many staff have been out of work due to the coronavirus.

Some airlines are also struggling to meet demand after laying off many employees during the pandemic.

In a statement on Monday, easyJet said adapting aircraft is an “effective way” to operate its fleet this summer.

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

“This is an effective way to operate our fleet while adding additional resilience and flexibility to our operations this summer when we expect to return close to 2019 flight levels.”

The airline expects to fly “close to” pre-pandemic levels this summer.

It operated at 80% of 2019 capacity for the first three months of this year.

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Justin Scacco

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