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Eurostat Reveals Impact of COVID Crisis on Young Air Transport Workers

The coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis has introduced far-reaching effects on the economy, with air transport in particular hit hard by a decline in passengers and air transport workers, Eurostat said in a recent report.

According to data released by the EU’s statistical office, airlines and associated enterprises have reduced the number of their employed people accordingly, with younger workers particularly affected.

In the first quarter of 2022, 325,600 people were employed in the air transport sector in the EU. This is the lowest number recorded in 14 years. Notably, the decrease can be attributed to workers between the ages of 15 and 39 (from 204,400 in Q1 2008, to 121,400 in Q1 2022; -83,000).

Meanwhile, there was an increase, although milder, in workers between 40 and 64 years old (from 170,500 to 204,200; +33,700).

The pattern was similar when comparing the pre-pandemic first quarter of 2019 with the first quarter of 2022. While there was a large decrease in workers aged between 15 and 39 (from 184,900 to 121,400; -63,500), there was a far smaller decrease in workers between the ages of 40 and 64 (from 225,500 to 204,200; -21,300).

When comparing employment by sex, males made up 58 percent of the work force in the first quarter of 2022. This same balance was also recorded in the first quarter of 2008. The share of men in air transport was rather stable over time.

However, while total employment in air transport in the EU decreased for both males and females during the pandemic, men were the first impacted in the second quarter of 2020, leading to a share of men equal to 53 percent in the second quarter of 2020.

Then, in the third and fourth quarters of 2020, women were the most affected by the pandemic. Over the whole period between the first quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2022, males made up 60 percent of the decrease (-33,800 for females compared with -50,900 for males).

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  1. Johnny Zoumboulis Reply

    Exactly R Ferguson these are illegal acts that the government enforced Nuremberg 2 God willing is coming.

  2. R Ferguson Reply

    What do you expect when your Government was coercing people to get a vaccine that does not work and is killing people. It was no jab no job, or pay a lot of money to test themselves plus fines.

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