The Guardian - Jasper Jolly

Employers across the economy have complained of difficulty recruiting staff at the salaries they are willing to pay, and airlines are struggling to meet the increased demand as international travel restarts in earnest after Covid-19 lockdowns.

Airlines are required by law to provide one member of cabin crew for every 50 seats. By removing the final row of six seats on its smallest plane, the A319, easyJet will cut the number of passengers it can carry from 156 to 150, therefore limiting its requirement to three rather than four cabin crew.

Airport and airline bosses are looking to hire thousands of staff to cope with what is expected to be a summer holiday boom, as many international destinations reopen to tourists from countries including the UK. The UK government removed restrictions on international travel in January.

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