Lufthansa and its low-cost subsidiary Eurowings have announced that some 900 domestic and short-haul flights have been cancelled from their July schedules. These are weekend flights - Friday to Sunday. They equate to roughly five per cent of normal weekend capacity and are from Frankfurt and Munich. The reason for the cancellations is the same as in other countries - staff shortages.
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I really am wondering why this has come as a surprise to many. The boomers are approaching retirement age. Many with very good pensions. Ok Covid has probably accelerated the trend a bit. As oldies retired the better jobs they occupied become available. Germany and the U.K. have nearly full employment. Both high numbers of university educated under 45 year olds. Both nations have a older demographic bias . Where’s the surprise. The young’uns see these well paid, sociable hours stable available jobs and think 🤔 hum. Should I work in a nice office or factory or in the travel game. With antisocial hours low wages and temporary contracts. Let’s think .what would you or I do. At the moment Labour markets and economies are rebalancing. Let’s see what happens next year.