British holidaymakers hoping to take off this week are facing continued travel disruption across the UK.
After preemptively cutting 240 flights over the weekend, easyJet’s daily cancellations continue.
Passengers on the morning flight to Belfast from Gatwick on Tuesday were told at 4am they would not travel.
Meanwhile, the airline’s 5am service from Bristol to Amsterdam was canceled at 2am – a customer reported he was forced to switch to a flight the next day, the train there- bottom in front of him cost £123.
Passengers arrived at Manchester Airport at 4am to find queues stretching towards the terminal entrance.
Holidaymakers have also reported long early morning queues at Bristol Airport, as well as Glasgow and Stansted, with many customers posting videos and photos of the waiting crowds.
UK airports have struggled to “expand” to cope with the spring influx of holidaymakers, with some blaming staff shortages or recruitment problems.
This morning Arts Minister Lord Parkinson slammed the travel industry, saying airports and airlines ‘should have prepared’ for the surge in demand.
easyJet cancels 42 flights on Tuesday
Britain’s biggest low-cost airline, easyJet, blocked 42 flights to and from its main base, London Gatwick, on Tuesday.
The carrier gave a two-day warning to most of the approximately 6,000 passengers affected, but there were other ‘same-day’ cancellations, starting with its 6.15am departure to Belfast City Airport .
Among the previously announced cancellations are connections to key holiday destinations such as Venice, Biarritz and Marrakech.
Simon CalderMay 31, 2022 9:42 a.m.
Which UK airports are seeing queues this morning?
Gatwick Airport insists on social media that its queues are “normal for this time of year”, but some customers expressed their frustration again this morning.
Jackie Wilkes wrote shortly after 8:30 a.m.: “After walking through the hour-long queue just to drop off our bags, we are now facing almost a 6-hour wait for our flight. What don’t you show? »
Just before 8.05am, customer Nivedita wrote: “Flying to Barcelona today at 9am with Vueling. I’ve been in the queue since 7am and barely moved. At this rate I’m going to miss my flight. What do I do?”
Meanwhile, customers at Bristol and Dublin airports are currently reporting smooth and fluid queues.
Lucy ThackrayMay 31, 2022 09:12
What are my rights if my flight is cancelled?
Many readers say The Independent that airlines refuse to rebook them on alternate flights or book hotel accommodation when they are stranded.
If your flight is canceled at short notice, your airline should get you on the next available flight to your destination – even if it’s a competing carrier – and provide you with accommodation, food and drink if you are stuck for an extended period of time.
If the airlines refuse to help you, you must cover your own needs but keep all receipts. Be aware that some airlines have rules regarding the level of accommodation they will reimburse you for, for example a three-star hotel.
Here are your consumer rights if your flight is cancelled:
Lucy ThackrayMay 31, 2022 8:25 a.m.
Morning queues have eased in Dublin, but staff shortages persist
Customers and media at Dublin Airport are reporting that this morning’s flurry of queues has eased, with Irish Sky News reporter Stephen Murphy posting an image of a clear check-in area from Ryanair in Terminal 1.
The airport is operating with just 70% of its usual staff as it heads into mid-term and the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, the Irish Independent reported this morning.
Still, passenger numbers are expected to return to 95% of pre-pandemic levels.
Yesterday ministers told airport management company DAA of their ‘huge disappointment and frustration’ at the travel chaos of recent weeks, demanding solutions by this morning.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said: “The answer lies in human resource management within the DAA, and planning within the organization as well.”
Lucy ThackrayMay 31, 2022 08:03
Industry ‘should have prepared for it’, says arts minister
Arts Minister Lord Parkinson slammed airlines and airports this morning, saying the industry ‘should have prepared’ for the spring surge in passenger demand.
speaking on Sky NewsLord Parkinson said the Department for Transport had been working with industry and had been “for many months”.
He continued: “It’s very distressing if you show up at the airport and your flight isn’t ready, so we’ve told the industry you need to be prepared for that, they need to have the staff whose we need to make sure people can get away and enjoy the vacation.
“We’ve been telling the industry for some time that they should have prepared for this.”
Asked about Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary’s comments that support for airlines during the pandemic was “dismal”, he replied: “There are a lot of opinionated people in the aviation industry”.
He insisted that ‘businesses should have the people in place’ and suggested the government had used ‘post-Brexit freedoms’ to speed up the hiring of new employees in the travel industry.
Lucy ThackrayMay 31, 2022 07:49
The family have a flight to Greece delayed for two days
A family had their flight with Tui to Kefalonia delayed for two days.
Teacher Chloe Mottershead, from Middleton, had planned to enjoy five days of sunshine on the Greek island with her daughter.
But after arriving at the airport on Sunday, their departure time kept getting pushed back.
“My daughter was crying and upset and extremely tired,” Ms Mottershead told the Manchester Evening News.
RorySullivanMay 31, 2022 06:10
UK front pages dominated by travel disruption
The front pages of the UK are dominated on Tuesday by airport delays which have jeopardized many people’s mid-term journeys.
RorySullivanMay 31, 2022 04:30
More than 6,000 flights canceled over Memorial Day weekend
It’s not just the UK that has recently struggled with flight cancellations. The United States did the same over Memorial Day weekend.
Read more from our journalist Graig Graziosi:
RorySullivanMay 31, 2022 03:00
The misery of mid-term trips
As well as leading the cost of living crisis, our Tuesday front page features a photo of the travel chaos experienced at UK airports halfway through.
RorySullivanMay 31, 2022 01:30
Baggage check-in at Dublin airport takes over three hours, reports say
Reports suggest it now takes over three hours to check baggage at Dublin Airport.
RorySullivanMay 30, 2022 11:59 p.m.