EasyJet to address staffing shortage by removing seats from planes

EasyJet plans to address staffing shortages by removing seats on its flights so it can fly with fewer crews.

The Civil Aviation Authority bases its requirements on the number of crew required per flight on the number of passengers flying.

By eliminating the rear row of seats on its A319 planes, the budget airline will be able to fly with three crew members instead of four.

However, this would limit the number of passengers per flight to 150.

In a statement, easyJet told the PA news agency that this was an “effective way” to operate its fleet this summer.

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

“This is an effective way to operate our fleet while we build additional resiliency and flexibility into our operation this summer, where we hope to return to near-2019 flight levels.”

It comes after European airlines including EasyJet were forced to cancel thousands of flights ahead of Easter.

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

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

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