The job cuts carried out by the airline Swiss in the wake of the corona pandemic and the obligation to vaccinate seem to be proving to be a proverbial boomerang. The carrier has to thin out the flight schedule from June 2022 throughout midsummer 2022.
Swiss is currently suffering from an acute shortage of staff and has now decided to reduce the offer early. A spokeswoman for the airline explained, among other things: "We deliberately reduced capacities early in midsummer in order to be able to offer a stable flight schedule and to keep any rebookings to a minimum".
The cuts mainly affect the European route network. However, the hub connections to the Lufthansa hubs in Munich and Frankfurt am Main are also being reduced. These are partly taken over by the parent company Lufthansa, as a spokesman confirms to Aviation.Direct: “Between June and October, some of the flights from Zurich to Munich and Frankfurt will be temporarily taken over by Lufthansa due to an internal group portfolio optimization, the connections are still the same guaranteed."
For Swiss, the lack of staff is a problem, because demand is quite high in midsummer 2022. Originally, the intention was to offer around 80 percent of the capacity that was available before the corona pandemic. How many flights were actually withdrawn from sale could not be precisely quantified. It should be in the single-digit percentage range or a three-digit number of flight connections.