UK holidaymakers face yet more travel chaos as easyJet Another 80 flights were canceled on Sunday, Eurostar trains were further delayed, and roads began to jam with drivers returning from half-period and jubilee weekend breaks.
Thousands of British travelers are estimated to be stranded at airports across Europe after nearly 200 flights were canceled over the weekend.
With the four-day Platinum Jubilee weekend coming to an end, as well as half-holiday holidays in most schools in England and Wales, EasyJet said it has canceled around 80 flights “due to the ongoing challenging operating environment”, leading to an estimated 12,000 have been affected. People.
On Sunday, some British Airways and Wiz Air flights to Gatwick were also canceled and about 3,000 passengers bound for Luton were diverted to other airports after a temporary power failure affected air traffic control systems.
A problem with the overhead power supply for Eurostar near Paris caused major delays and cancellations on all of its services to and from the French capital and long queues outside the terminus at St Pancras station in central London. EUROSTAR Passengers urged Postponed his journey when it was not necessary.
Cross-Channel train service has experienced problems throughout the week, with delayed and canceled services due to an IT slowdown and a fatality on the track in northern France.
On the roads, AA predicted that many of the 19 million drivers would be behind the wheel over a four-day weekend, putting pressure on major routes to begin making their journey home.
In London, the travel crisis will continue in the coming week 4,000 tube station workers due to walk out 24 hours on Monday After the failed negotiations aimed at avoiding a strike. Londoners have been told to avoid traveling on the Tube between Monday morning and 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Sunday’s easy jet cancellation primarily affected Gatwick Airport. They come after 25 departures and 22 arrivals from the West Sussex hub canceled on saturdayAt least 7,000 passengers affected.
“We are deeply sorry and fully understand the disruption this may cause to our customers,” the airline said. “We are focused on getting them to their destination as soon as possible.” EasyJet said it has extended the opening hours of its customer service, and is helping affected people find hotel accommodation where necessary.
Those affected included flights to Barcelona, Nice, Madrid, Belfast, Geneva, Corfu, Faro and Glasgow.
It’s been a disastrous week for UK airports, with a half-hearted exodus including long queues, delayed takeoffs and hundreds of flight cancellations. Holiday Firm Tui . more than 180, Staff shortage, IT issues and Bad weather across Europe, leading to air traffic control restrictionsHas been charged.
Airlines and airports are struggling to cope with a surge in demand after all international travel COVID restrictions in the UK ended on 18 March.
The carrier laid off more than 30,000 employees in the UK over the past two years when air travel came to a halt during the lockdown. Gatwick has 40% fewer employees working directly than before the pandemic, while EasyJet has shed 10% of its workforce.
Earlier this week, Ryanair boss, Michael O’Leary, Calls for military personnel to be brought in to help reduce disruption at airports, Airlines have also asked the government to relax its immigration rules for European nationals to help them hire employees.
However, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps on Sunday rejected both suggestions. Speaking on the BBC’s Sunday Morning programme, He refused to send to the armed forces To help the vacationers process and that more immigration was not the answer. “Actually, they’ve got exactly the same problems in Europe. If you look at the problems that happened in Amsterdam this weekend, there are problems all over Europe.”
Multiple hubs around the world This week has also been affected by staff shortages and delays., including Dublin, Paris, LA, Toronto and Schiphol airports in Amsterdam. On Saturday, Dutch national carrier KLM canceled all its flights to Schiphol from elsewhere in Europe to clear passenger rush. It said it was trying to address the issues by hiring more employees and paying higher wages.
By Sunday long queues had ended at most UK airports, with Heathrow, Manchester and Stansted all saying they had not seen a significant issue, but there are concerns the problem could escalate over the summer holidays when demand resumes. increases.
Shapps said it’s up to airports and airlines, not the government, to address the underlying issues by hiring and training more employees.
Airlines UK, the industry body, suggested the state could play a bigger role: “The way to solve this is through a working group announced by the government last week, where we can sit down with ministers to consider the art of the possible . Practical measures that can make a difference – especially on recruitment – as we enter the summer period.
“We have to bring in more people to this area and stay put. This has been done before – the HGV sector had similar problems recently – and we will leave no stone unturned to bring the sector back to normalcy as soon as possible.
Shapps also said that it was imperative that airlines not oversee flights, which caused some passengers to cancel their entire vacations, and suggested that passengers make up for canceled overseas holidays, similar to a late repayment scheme for trains. There should be automatic reimbursement.