More than a hundred luggage trolleys full of abandoned suitcases stood on a roof at Zurich Airport on Tuesday. But why? Swissport clarifies.
On the roof of the baggage sorting at Zurich Airport, there are a number of baggage trolleys with abandoned suitcases outside on Tuesday. “In the morning there were over 100 cars,” says a news scout. The 34-year-old, who works next to the airport and sees the affected roof, is amazed: “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Because Lack of staff and increased demand After the pandemic, operations in countless flying European airports are progressing slowly. According to Swissport, this is also a reason for the difficulties in sorting luggage. Most of the luggage on the roof of the hall came from transit passengers who landed in Zurich with delayed flights.
“The passengers caught the onward flight, but the luggage did not make it through the security check due to the short transfer times and therefore has to be sent on,” said spokeswoman Nathalie Berchtold. Currently, it is increasingly the case that suitcases from connecting passengers get stuck at Zurich Airport due to flight delays.
Employees regularly work night shifts
So that the work in the baggage sorting hall is not hindered, they are currently stored temporarily on the roof. “New luggage is added every day. Our presumably are currently putting in regular night shifts in order to carry out the activated security clarifications for the subsequent shipment of baggage items and to get the baggage ready for shipment,” says Berchtold.