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Britain will work hard with the aviation industry to avoid a repeat of the chaos at airports last week

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Airports in Europe are trying to cope with a resurgence of pandemic demand, but British airports have been particularly hard hit by major disruptions in the past week.

Schools have been on holiday since the middle of the semester, and the country has also had a long public holiday weekend to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 70th year on the throne.

Shapps, who said earlier this week that airlines should stop selling tickets for flights they can’t hire, said the industry needs to address the issue.

“The industry needs to solve its problem on its own. The government does not run airports, it does not run airlines. The industry needs to do that, “the minister told BBC TV.

Airlines hoped for a great summer for passengers, after two years of travel restrictions caused by Covid-19. But they have struggled to recruit staff after the pandemic crisis and complain that it takes longer to recruit new employees and check them for security clearance.

Shapps said the pandemic staff reductions were too deep.

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“We will work hard with the industry … to make sure we don’t see a repeat of these scenes,” he said.

An amendment to the law has made it easier to deal with the administration needed for security clearance, he said, adding that he did not consider it necessary to call in the army to help speed up security checks.

Airports in Europe are trying to cope with a resurgence of pandemic demand, but British airports have been particularly hard hit by major disruptions in the past week.

Schools have been on holiday since the middle of the semester, and the country has also had a long public holiday weekend to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 70th year on the throne.

Shapps, who said earlier this week that air operators should stop selling tickets for flights they can’t hire and that the industry needs to address the issue.

“The industry needs to solve its problem on its own. The government does not run airports, it does not run airlines. The industry needs to do that, “the minister told BBC TV.

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Airlines hoped for a great summer for passengers, after two years of travel restrictions caused by Covid-19. But they have struggled to recruit staff after the pandemic crisis and complain that it takes longer to recruit new employees and check them for security clearance.

Shapps said the pandemic cuts were too deep: “We will work hard with the industry … to make sure we don’t see a repeat of these scenes.”

An amendment to the law has made it easier to deal with the administration needed for security clearance, he said, adding that he did not consider it necessary to call in the army to help speed up security checks.

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