British Airways is experiencing problems in running its full operations due to staff shortages. Already during the Easter holidays it has been forced to cancel flights and it is feared that the situation will be more complicated in the summer, when an avalanche of demand for travel from the UK is expected.
According to TTG, the airline is having problems recruiting enough staff in the UK, as the new post-Brexit labour regulations make it difficult to hire non-British crew members.
Faced with this situation, they are considering opening a temporary base (between June and August) in Spain, more specifically in Madrid. Their plan is for crews to operate flights from the Spanish capital to London-Heathrow and to work for five or six days from the UK on European routes before returning to Madrid.
In addition, the UK airline's contingency plan also envisages chartering aircraft with crews from Finland's Finnair and Spain's Iberia.