Chaos cannot be ruled out: Extremely low staffing levels in Switzerland

Zurich-Kloten Airport (Photo: Flughafen Zürich AG).
Zurich-Kloten Airport (Photo: Flughafen Zürich AG).

Chaos cannot be ruled out: Extremely low staffing levels in Switzerland

Zurich-Kloten Airport (Photo: Flughafen Zürich AG).
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The number of staff at Zurich-Kloten Airport is also extremely tight. There have already been longer waiting times in some places, but trade unions are now warning that chaos could break out in Switzerland as well. The airport cannot rule out the possibility of longer waiting times in Zurich.

In principle, there are enough staff to be able to serve the expected daily traffic of around 90.000 passengers per day during the holidays. Around 51.000 travelers are expected in Geneva every day at peak times. In Basel, no specific information is given about expectations, but it is expected that there could be longer waiting times during peak times.

The SEV union, which represents the transport staff, is anything but optimistic. One warns that the staffing level at the airports in the Confederation is very thin and so far the chaos could only be prevented because of a lot of overtime. Some employees would already be at the end of their personal strength.

The situation would now be such that more and more employees are no longer willing to work additional shifts. A trade unionist also points out that wage conditions have deteriorated at Swissport, among other things, so that the jobs are not very attractive for newcomers. However, this would only be an example, as other employers also have massive problems finding new employees.

Even at the largest airline in Switzerland, the shortage of staff has already shown clear signs. Swiss recently announced that it had to cancel around 700 additional flights because it was understaffed. The SEV union cannot rule out the possibility of "spontaneous action" due to the smoldering dispute over the crisis collective labor agreement. However, there is currently no call for a strike.

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