British Airways and easyJet flights leaving and arriving at UK airports today have been canceled as staff absences caused by Covid continue to impact services
Dozens more flights have been canceled to and from UK airports today after a weekend of chaos.
Staff absences caused by Covid have helped drive serious issues at air travel hubs for the whole of the month.
Around 300 flights were canceled over the Easter weekend by British Airways alone, causing serious logistical issues and ruined holidays for many.
The end of the Easter break has not signaled a return to business as usual however.
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BA grounded at least 27 domestic, European and Mediterranean flights to and from Heathrow so far on Tuesday.
The airline says most passengers were given notice of a week or two of flight cancellations.
EasyJet has canceled at least 10 flights to and from Gatwick, including round-trips to Amsterdam, Berlin, Malaga, Menorca and Milan Malpensa.
Passengers who have their easyJet flights canceled are entitled to new tickets and, if the reason is staff sickness, cash compensation – if the cancellation was announced less than two weeks in advance.
British Airways to/from Heathrow
- Belfast City
- Paris CDG (2)
- Milan Malpensa
- milan linate
Those who have avoided booking themselves onto a subsequently canceled flight have still had issues this weekend.
The staff shortages have led to serious delays in airports including Manchester, where security and baggage reclaims have been haunted by huge queues for weeks.
Lucie Spencer, a salon owner from Lancashire, endured long waits at the airport over the weekend.
“Queues were very long, we were in Terminal 2,” she said.
“They moved but consistently slowly.
“The mood of the airport was generally calm but you could hear people moaning, of course, as it’s no fun standing in queues for so long. It’s definitely due to major staff shortage, TUI had basically no check-in desks open, just self -check-in, which seemed to cause the huge queue.Security was then huge queues as there were only three of eight security lanes open.
“Queues to get into all bars and restaurants, meaning we had to give up so as to not miss our flight. Still sat on the plane, should have taken off at 8.30am but the luggage wasn’t loaded onto the plane in time. “