Mid-term travel latest: Four-hour queues at Manchester Airport as easyJet and BA cancel flights
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 canceled two more services at the last minute from Gatwick this morning.
The grounding of dawn flights to Seville and Rome by the low-cost carrier was only announced an hour before they departed.
Meanwhile, passengers arriving at Dublin Airport in the early hours of the morning continued to report long queues for security after a weekend that saw lines stretch outside the terminal, with passengers being warned by the airport that they may miss flights as a result.
Outside the UK, travelers at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport have also reported similar chaotic scenes. Britons waited two hours outside the terminal amid mid-term holiday chaos, with flights taking off with no passengers stuck in queues.
Elsewhere, other carriers are experiencing long delays. At Bristol and Manchester airports, many Tui and Jet2 passengers depart two or three hours late.
British Airways continues to cut more than 100 flights a day, although these are pre-planned cancellations, with affected passengers being notified in advance.
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.
Travel chaos will ‘get worse before it gets better’
The travel chaos seen in recent days “will get worse before it gets better”, a prominent aviation analyst has warned.
Alex Macheras predicted that there will be “a summer of disruption for air travel”, caused by staff shortages in the sector and an increase in passenger demand.
Although the problem is felt across Europe, he said the UK had some of the worst delays.
RorySullivanMay 30, 2022 11:30 p.m.
Hundreds line up at Manchester Airport due to staff shortages
At Manchester Airport, hundreds of people were queuing this evening, apparently due to a lack of staff.
Here is a photo of a traveler:
RorySullivanMay 30, 2022 11:02 p.m.
Disruption at Bristol Airport
There was also travel disruption at Bristol Airport today.
One Twitter user complained about arrival queues this afternoon, while another, who is supposed to take off from the airport tomorrow, expressed nervousness about possible delays:
RorySullivanMay 30, 2022 10:34 p.m.
Airport chaos could worsen with potential strike by BA check-in staff
British Airways check-in staff could go on strike next month over their pay.
If the workers agree to the action, it could take place next month, the busiest time of year for travellers. UK airports have already struggled to keep up with demand recently, with hundreds of flights axed mid-term.
The strike is said to be over BA’s refusal to reverse pay cuts introduced earlier in the pandemic, according to Unite.
Sharon Graham, the union’s general secretary, said: “British Airways has used the cover of Covid to cut members’ pay drastically.
“He has now reversed the pay cuts imposed on management but refuses to do so for our members. Unite will not allow our members to be treated as second class labor.
RorySullivanMay 30, 2022 10:09 p.m.
No warranty issues at Dublin Airport will ease, says Ireland’s Housing Minister
Uncertainty surrounds flights due to leave Dublin Airport this week, after days of cancellations were blamed on understaffing.
Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien, whose Dublin constituency is home to the capital’s airport, said he could not guarantee the problem would stop.
“I hope I’m wrong – I need to see the plan,” he said Irish weather In Monday.
RorySullivanMay 30, 2022 9:40 p.m.
All easyJet flights that were canceled today
Here is a recently updated list of all easyJet flights that were canceled today:
RorySullivanMay 30, 2022 9:20 p.m.
Airport chaos will continue as easyJet cancels more flights – Simon Calder
Britons are facing more canceled flights and holiday chaos this week as millions embark on mid-term getaways or trips to coincide with the Platinum Jubilee weekend (Simon Calder writing).
EasyJet cut another 30 flights at Gatwick on Tuesday, The Independent was said after British Airways and Tui in cutting schedules amid staff shortages which caused major disruption.
Passengers reported four-hour queues at Manchester Airport on Monday, while in Bristol they were forced to wait outside in a long queue that reached a car park. There were similar scenes at Heathrow and Birmingham.
The situation could worsen in the coming days, with people flying out once the four-day public holiday period begins on Thursday. More than 10,000 flights are expected to take off between Thursday and Sunday, according to aeronautical data company Cirium.
Meanwhile, the RAC has estimated that 19.5 million leisure road trips will take place between Wednesday and Sunday, raising fears of road chaos.
Liam JamesMay 30, 2022 8:49 p.m.
Warning of road chaos as almost 20 million journeys are expected during the Jubilee bank holiday
Drivers are warned to expect long delays on popular routes during the Platinum Jubilee holiday period as nearly 20 million getaways are scheduled.
The RAC has estimated that 19.5 million leisure road trips will take place between Wednesday and Sunday – with Friday likely to be the busiest.
Traffic information provider Inrix has advised drivers to leave before 6 a.m. or after 3 p.m. to avoid the worst of the traffic.
The M25 anti-clockwise from Junction 17 at Maple Cross Interchange, Hertfordshire to Junction 12 at Thorpe Interchange, Surrey has been highlighted as a likely congestion hotspot.
Rod Dennis, RAC Traffic spokesman, said: “Drivers clearly see a double bank holiday so close to summer as a gift with so many millions keen to make the most of it – although many seem keen to keep their short car journeys, perhaps mixing a day trip or two with a Jubilee celebration at home.
“The fact that public holidays coincide with the end of mid-term in many places has the potential to put additional strain on the road network, so it is important to plan a trip carefully to avoid the worst queues of waiting.”
Liam JamesMay 30, 2022 7:50 p.m.
Who? calls on the UK government to intervene at airports
The editor of Which? Travel called for an “immediate response” from government, airlines and airports following queues and delays at UK airports.
Rory Boland said: ‘The unacceptably long queues and widespread chaos at airports are causing enormous stress for those planning to get away this mid-term and bank holiday weekend.
“The situation requires an immediate response and the government must work with airlines and airports to ensure they have the resources and capacity to end the last minute flight cancellations and disruptions we are seeing. .
Mr Boland said most passengers just wanted to be put on another flight and taken to their destination – adding the Civil Aviation Authority should remind airlines they have a duty to offer changes reservation as soon as possible.
He continued: “The fiasco of domestic and international flight cancellations shows why consumer travel protections need to be strengthened, not weakened. The Department for Transport should suspend plans to water down passengers’ rights to compensation when their UK flight is delayed or cancelled, and give the CAA powers to fine so it can act quickly when airlines airlines flout the rules.
Liam JamesMay 30, 2022 7:15 p.m.