Did Canada’s Post-pandemic Air Travel Take Off Too Quickly? Some Say Yes

As soon as pandemic restrictions began to end, airlines ramped up the amount of available flights “dramatically,” but now experts are wondering if that was a mistake, given travel chaos due to staff shortages, flight cancellations, and more.

“The system isn’t ready,” said John Gradek, of McGill University’s Aviation Management program. In addition to a shortage in airport and customs staff, the CBC reports airlines themselves are also scrambling to find staff for baggage handling and ground services. While airlines and airports continue to add staff back on after pandemic cuts, Gradek says it will take more time and money to recover to pre-pandemic staffing levels.

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