As passengers wait for 3 hours to get their bags, Easter chaos continues at Heathrow and Gatwick airports at 5am.

BRITS wishing to escape for Easter are still faced with chaos and long queues at UK airports.

Long waits at airports like Bristol, Heathrow, Gatwick, and Heathrow have been a complaint of passengers trying to travel during Easter break.

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Today, queues continue at UK airports, including Manchester.Credit: Zenpix
Heathrow passengers have also been caught up in the chaos

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Heathrow passengers were also caught up in the chaosCredit: Rex

Nearly 100 more flights from UK airports were cancelled today – experts warn that summer will prove to be even worse.

One passenger told me at Manchester Airport that it was chaotic at 5am Monday. This is not planning. It is simply reacting to the circumstances. It’s just a matter of letting luck take its course. Pure disgrace!

Two-year-old father said that he was more than 13 hours late for his flight to Manchester because he was afraid of the long lines.

There were also delays upon landing – one woman claimed she waited almost as long. “two hours”Tired children will be able to retrieve their bags.

Another passenger stated: “What an absolute disgrace of an airport. It’s almost 2am no sign of bags NO STAFF ANYWHERE TO SPEAK TO. This is appalling. Staff have literally abandoned the passengers.”

Some passengers at Bristol Airport claimed that they had to wait more than 90 minutes for their luggage to be returned, while others stated that it took them more than an hour to drop their bags off before they boarded their flight.

Baggage problems were also reported at Heathrow Airport and Gatwick. Passengers have had to wait more than an hour at baggage claim and security.

A Gatwick Airport passenger said: “Not even 6am and the security queues @Gatwick_Airport North snake the whole departure hall, it’s difficult to see where the queue ends to join! Anyone travelling today will need to allow extra time.”

Another person wrote: “3 people at passport control and just been told there’s a 3 hour wait to reclaim baggage! What a shambles.”

Lucy Moreton, spokesperson for the Immigration Services Union which represents Border Force, told Bloomberg: “Queues are anticipated as travelers return later this week.”

There are many reasons for the huge queues, including staff shortages and slow recruitment.

Karen Dee, chief executive at the Airport Operators Association, stated that UK airports must recruit tens to thousands of staff. Heathrow alone needs 12,000 employees.

Last week, it was announced that police could help Manchester Airport. Now Border staff from Northern Ireland or Scotland could also be sent to assist the Heathrow Airport queues.

British Airways and easyJet continue to cancel flights. At least 100 additional flights were cancelled between them. All cancellations at BA are due schedule changes. Passengers have been informed.

British Airways cancelled fifty-eight flights and easyJet cancelled 32, most of them from Gatwick Airport.

These destinations include Milan, Berlin, Venice and Berlin, along with a variety of domestic flights.

British travelers are not only experiencing chaos at airports.

P&O has suspended all services to Calais until Good Friday, after cancelling all routes over the weekend.

Dover port is battling to get through the Easter holiday rush after P&O sacked 800 of its workers – and has had to contend with bad weather.

Passengers over the weekend battled long queues at Heathrow, as traveller soar to pre-pandemic numbers

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Heathrow’s long lines at Heathrow caused frustration for passengers over the weekend as traveller numbers soar to pre-pandemic levels.Credit: PA
Queues also continue across to Dover, due to the P&O cancellations and bad weather

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Queues also continue across to Dover, due to the P&O cancellations and bad weatherCredit: Reuters

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