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Holiday warning as EasyJet plans to reduce the number of passengers allowed on flights to deal with summer staffing shortages

BRITS going on holiday are being warned that EasyJet is planning to reduce the number of passengers allowed on flights to help address summer staffing shortages.

EasyJet is expected to eliminate a number of seats on its flights to allow the airline to fly with fewer crews on board over the next few months.

EasyJet will reduce the number of passengers allowed on planes to cope with staff shortages

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EasyJet will reduce the number of passengers allowed on planes to cope with staff shortagesCredit: Ben Queenborough/PinPep

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

By eliminating the rear row of seats in its A319 machines, the low-cost airline can fly with three instead of four crew members in the future.

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

In a statement, EasyJet said it was an “effective way” to operate its fleet this summer.

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The airline has struggled to keep up with demand since pandemic restrictions were lifted.

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

“This is an effective way to operate our fleet while also building additional resilience and flexibility into our operations this summer, where we expect to fly again close to 2019 levels.”

It comes after European airlines, including EasyJet, had to cancel thousands of flights in the run-up to Easter.

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

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It operated at 80 percent of 2019 capacity for the first three months of this year.

And airline bosses have blamed the chaos on slow security check processes, which are overseen by the government.

This comes after a Tui queue snaked outside an airport’s DOOR as hundreds of desperate holidaymakers waited to board their flights.

The travel chaos left holidaymakers in a huge line with their luggage outside Birmingham Airport on Saturday morning.

Shocking images show the huge line snaking around the airport terminal – vacationers can’t even enter the terminal.

People had to wait for hours because of a delayed flight amid the airport’s staffing crisis.

Many UK airports have been plagued by queue chaos due to severe staffing shortages.

Travelers have complained of huge lines at check-in counters and severe delays at security.

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The problems, which include recruitment difficulties, have prompted several airlines to cancel large numbers of flights.

And industry experts have warned Britons to arrive in time lest they miss the launch.

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