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Karl Stefanovic suggests the ARMY could be called into airports for school holiday crush

Today, host Karl Stefanovic suggested that the military could be called in to deal with airport crowds during the upcoming school holidays.

Australia’s airports are bracing for chaos over the winter break with millions of people expected to board flights as demand rises.

Shocking scenes in April showed huge queues hundreds of meters long, with many Australians seeing their flights delayed or cancelled.

In an effort to prevent a repeat of the Easter situation, Today CAPA Center of Aviation president Peter Habison host Stefanovic asked if the military could be called in.

‘I saw a great debate in the UK recently,’ Stefanovic began.

“They were debating whether to deploy the military during peak periods. Would something like that alleviate or cause more problems?’

“There would probably still be some unrest at the airport,” replied a bewildered Habison.

Sydney Airport has said 2.1 million passengers will pass between June 27 and July 17

Sydney Airport has said 2.1 million passengers will pass between June 27 and July 17

During their conversation about the program, the airline chief was asked if he thought the airport chaos over Easter would repeat itself during the upcoming winter break.

“It does sound like it will, I’m afraid. I think that’s all people can expect now,’ he replied. “Hopefully they’re ready to tackle it too. But this will be something that has been with us for a very long time.

“Every peak period that we have, the whole industry, airports, aviation, the airlines themselves, will be stretched because of a whole variety of reasons.’

Sydney Airport has said 2.1 million passengers will pass between June 27 and July 17.

That is even more than the 1.8 million who used the airport during the Easter holidays between April 4 and April 24.

Staff shortages are crippling the industry, experts say, and Sydney Airport held a job fair last week in a bid to fill some of its 5,000 vacancies.

Security, baggage handling, government agencies, airlines, hospitality and retail are among the functions announced.

“There’s a problem all over the world, Karl,” Habison said. Heathrow Airport CEO said a few weeks ago that it will probably be 18 months before we can handle peak periods again.

“It’s really because the staff just isn’t there, the staff isn’t ready to come back. I was in Manchester in the UK a few months ago, they were having a blast because it was so slow, the queues were so long, the bags got lost.

In an effort to avoid a repeat of the Easter situation, Today CAPA Center of Aviation president Peter Habison host Stefanovic asked if the military could be called in.

In an effort to prevent a repeat of the Easter situation, Today CAPA Center of Aviation president Peter Habison host Stefanovic asked if the military could be called in.

Staff shortages are crippling the industry, experts say, and Sydney Airport held a job fair last week in a bid to fill some of the 5,000 job openings it has

Staff shortages are crippling the industry, experts say, and Sydney Airport held a job fair last week in a bid to fill some of the 5,000 job openings it has

“They said we were training people, but they come to work for three days and they get so much from the passengers who are really upset that they stop.

“So there’s a two-way flow here as well, because the pandemic is still pretty much impacting how many people can get to work and not. It’s actually quite a vicious spiral.’

In April, passengers at Sydney Airport were seen in lines as long as 300 meters as queues meandered around security checkpoints.

Passengers complained about missing their flights, while some argued that the long wait in the terminals was exacerbated by queue jumpers rushing forward.

Huge queues formed at Sydney Airport earlier this year, leading to travel chaos

Huge queues formed at Sydney Airport earlier this year, leading to travel chaos

In April, passengers complained about missing their flights, with some saying that long waiting times in terminals were exacerbated by queues rushing forward.

In April, passengers complained about missing their flights, with some saying that long waiting times in terminals were exacerbated by queues rushing forward.

Airport bosses blamed school holidays, a shortage of security personnel and, remarkably, forgetful passengers for the habit of removing items from their luggage for scanning.

More recently, those wishing to travel abroad have been hampered by massive delays in obtaining or renewing their passports.

Some have been waiting for their passports for three months, and many are afraid that they will have to postpone or cancel their holidays.

“It’s great to see continued demand for air travel, but we won’t condone the fact that the terminals will be crowded during school holidays and there will be queues,” said Geoff Culbert, CEO of Sydney Airport.

“We’re doing everything we can to get people started, including bringing 60 additional customer service agents to the terminals every day to manage queues and bring passengers to the front in order of flight priority.”

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