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TUI flight chaos: Airline employee says crew offered £350 a day to ‘save’ bank holiday | Travel News | Travel

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A TUI staff member exclusively spoke to Express.co.uk and said the airline is facing major problems with an absence of pilots and flight attendants and is now “desperate” in search of crew to operate the flights and “save” the bank holiday weekend.

The insider began by saying “all of the airlines, easyJet, British Airways… are the identical for the time being”.

“They’re desperate for crew and recruiting lots of of staff immediately.

“Principally, the issue is that they do not have enough crew,” he said.

Although TUI and the opposite industrial airlines began recruiting staff for the summer season months ago, the training and security process cabin and flight crew need to undergo will be very long.

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The insider explained there are also “staff shortages on the airport ID centres” that provide the crew with their IDs

Without an airline or airport ID, a crew member cannot operate a flight.

The TUI staff member explained: “In aviation, you’ll be able to not only recruit someone and expect them to start out work the subsequent day.

“You wish months for training, to get airport IDs, etc.”

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The insider revealed “they pay thoroughly, to be honest”.

If a flight attendant desires to sell their days off to operate a flight they’ll get “around £350 per day”.

A crew member can get a full month’s salary by selling a couple of days off amid the present flight crisis

The TUI insider also said airlines are “having issues with sales onboard as catering corporations who supply the onboard food are wanting staff too” and advisable passengers bring their very own food “just in case”.

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