Air travel is coming back, but it’s not without serious problems.

Especially in North America and Europe, travelers have described the turmoil at the airport, with numerous flights canceled or delayed, lost luggage, and waiting for more than four hours to board the plane. This is also a result of a pandemic labor shortage as layoffs put pressure on airports and airlines facing a surge in summer passengers aspiring to travel.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce told CNBC’s Dan Murphy about the sector’s recovery, saying it will take some time for the system to run smoothly again after a dramatic decline in activity for nearly two years. ..

“The entire industry is experiencing this, and some are seen in Australia,” Joyce said at the 78th Annual Meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Doha, Qatar on Sunday. rice field.

“It’s not as bad as it is in the European and North American markets,” said the CEO. “There was a long line at the airport during Easter. Nothing I’ve seen in London, Manchester, Dublin or any other part of Europe.”

“I think it will take a while. The system is rusty and everything was closed for two years,” he added. “It will take some time for the system to hum again. It’s a very complex business and it involves a lot of moving parts.”

IATA Secretary William Walsh said in a separate interview with Doha that airport turmoil and delays are “isolated” and that not all airports are experiencing problems.

Nevertheless, he added that the aviation industry is not yet “out of the woods” when it comes to recovery.

“Yes, we want to be better. And yes, we are better. But I’m looking at the opportunity to fly to reflect on the fact that this isn’t happening everywhere. I highly recommend it to others, “Wolsh said. “And in most cases, the flight is on schedule, without interruption, without any problems at the airport, and I look forward to enjoying the flight experience.”

According to the Transportation Security Administration, these comments were received as thousands more flights were canceled in the United States on weekends and the previous Friday.By Friday afternoon, the airline Canceled more than 1,000 flights after canceling 1,700 flights already on ThursdayThe Associated Press reported.

Some on saturday 6,300 flights to / from the U.S. have been delayed Citing flight tracking site FlightAware, NBC News reported that more than 800 were cancelled.

“The demand is huge”

Still, to Australia’s flagship carrier Qantas, the domestic comeback appears to be firing on all cylinders.

“That’s really good. In Australia, the domestic market has seen significant growth in demand, with leisure demand exceeding 120% and corporate and small business markets returning to 90% of pre-Covid levels. Almost full operation has recovered in the market. “

International flight recovery is “a little slower,” he said, at about 50% of pre-Covid levels. But he expects international business to reach 85% of pre-Covid levels by Christmas and “100% by March next year.”

“But the demand is huge,” he added. “In some cases, we have more demand internationally than we saw before Covid, and with less capacity, we can recover fuel costs and raise yields.”