Staff shortages causing havoc at airports across the country have been blamed on Brexit.
Jet2 boss Steve Heapy is said to have made the remarks during talks with Grant Shapps this week, after the transport secretary rejected calls for more powers for airlines like BA and easyJet to hire visa-free workers from Europe.
According to The Sun, Mr Heapy blamed “lazy Brits” for the chaos.
But Jet2 says Mr Heapy has “expressed his frustration with the current job market” as Brexit is “pushing hundreds, if not millions, of people out of the job market”.
The industry wants post-Brexit rules to be relaxed so they can hire foreign staff instead of relying on British applicants who they say are missing interviews.
But Mr Shapps blames the airline industry for the problems.
The pressure on the labor market “does not excuse poor planning and overbooking of flights that cannot be serviced,” he added.
Hundreds of flights have been delayed and canceled in recent weeks as worry and confusion plague holidaymakers at many airports across the country.
On Wednesday easyJet canceled 36 flights to many destinations in Europe, while trouble-plagued Manchester Airport canceled 16,000 British Airways flights until autumn 2022.
Some Britons have also reportedly been accused of pretending to be disabled in order to get through the huge airport queues faster.
An insider at a meeting of industry leaders on Wednesday with Mr Shapps said: “If people are acting like this is potentially preventing really disabled people from getting a place and that’s pretty grim.”
The source added, “You can’t just tell people, ‘No, you’re lying.'”
Another industry chief said: “There should be a special place in hell for people who pretend to be disabled.”
This comment comes after a number of passengers were accused of pretending to be disabled to avoid the terrible queues plaguing Britain’s travel hubs.
In a statement to Metro.co.uk, a spokesman for Jet2 and Jet2holidays said: “During a meeting with government and industry on Friday, Mr Heapy expressed his frustration at the current labor market – given that Brexit has cost hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of unemployed people, and that affects many industries, including ours.
“To be clear, the other reports being circulated are categorically not the views of Mr Heapy or our proud UK based company.”
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/06/03/jet2-boss-blames-brexit-for-recent-airport-chaos-16762007/ Jet2: Boss blames 'Brexit' for recent airport chaos