easyJet reduces aircraft capacity due to crew shortages

Budget airline easyJet will remove seats on some of its aircraft this summer so that it can operate flights with a smaller team of cabin staff.

Under Civil Aviation Authority rules, airlines must have one cabin crew member for every 50 seats.

easyJet’s Airbus A319s are normally configured with 156 seats, which would require four cabin crew, but by removing six seats and reducing this figure to 150 it can operate the aircraft with just three crew members.

The carrier said this was an effective way of operating the fleet while “building additional resilience and flexibility” into its operations.

easyJet’s larger A320 and A321 neo aircraft — which are configured with 186 and 235 seats respectively — are not affected by the move, Business Traveller reported.

Many airlines, including easyJet, are dealing with staff shortages as the demand for travel increases following the removal of all remaining UK Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Experts are predicting that staffing difficulties will continue for up to 12 months, according to BBC News.

In addition to removing seats, easyJet will put more resources into processing the accreditation of new staff.

The airline expects to be near 2019 levels of flying this summer.