Today, more than 100 flights were cancelled as Brits are facing increased travel chaos.
At airports such as Manchester, Heathrow, and Gatwick, queues continue to build with passengers waiting for hours for their bags. Flights are still affected by a variety of factors, including a lack of staff due to Covid and slow recruitment.
British Airways has suspended at most 64 flights to and fro Heathrow. This includes domestic flights as well as European flights.
Services to and from Paris, Berlin, Geneva, Paris, and Dublin were among the affected international routes.
British Airways confirmed that passengers were informed in advance about the cancellations.
It has emphasized routes that offer multiple daily flights so passengers can receive alternative departures on the day they booked.
EasyJet cancelled at least 25 flights from Gatwick to or from Amsterdam. These cancellations affected routes like Glasgow, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Glasgow, Milan and Glasgow.
According to the low-cost carrier, cancellations are possible “in advance to give customers the ability to rebook on to alternative flights”.
The demand for flights has increased as families travel to Easter school holidays abroad. These are the first international holiday since the UK’s coronavirus restrictions were dropped.
After suffering enormous losses due to the virus crises, airlines are keen to attract as much business as possible. But they are also struggling to manage staff shortages.
This is partly due to difficulties in finding new employees and processing their security checks after thousands of jobs were lost during the pandemic.
A high number of staff members are absent due to coronavirus.
Cirium data indicates that over 1,000 flights were cancelled during the week of March 28 to April 3. This is compared with just 197 cancellations in the same time period pre-pandemic.
John O’Neill is the North West Regional Industrial Officer of Unite. He warned Brits to expect holiday disruptions in summer because of the high number expected to travel.
He said: “Summer is going to be far worse than this. It is the time to get everything in place otherwise summer is going to be very difficult.”
Unite believes that airlines should offer better pay, perks and benefits. “sufficient workers to meet passenger demand,”This can lead to more cancellations.
Martin Chalk, general secretary of BALPA Martin Chalk, said chaos “may well”The summer is expected to continue because of the insufficient staff.
It’s not just flights causing chaos for British travellers – queues also continue on the way to Dover port following the suspension of P&O services.
DFDS ferries said they are not be accepting anymore P&O customers, with passengers warned not to travel to the port unless they had booked in advance.