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Airport chaos after EasyJet and British Airways cancel flights follow the latest – LIVE

British holidaymakers expected to take off this week are facing travel disruptions across the UK.

After pre-empting 240 flights over the weekend, EasyJet canceled two more last-minute services from Gatwick this morning.

The grounding of the budget carrier’s morning flights to Seville and Rome was announced just an hour before their departure.

Meanwhile, passengers arriving at Dublin airport in the early hours of this morning continued to report long queues for security after a weekend, with lines stretching outside the terminal, passengers were warned by the airport that they may miss flights as a result.

Outside the UK, passengers at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport reported similar chaotic scenes. Britons waited for two hours outside terminals amid the chaos of the half-time holiday, with flights closed without passengers queuing up.

Elsewhere, other carriers are facing longer delays. At Bristol and Manchester airports, many Tui and Jet2 passengers are departing two or three hours late.

British Airways continues to cancel more than 100 flights a day, although these are pre-planned cancellations, with affected passengers being warned ahead of time.

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Which one? Posts advice on claiming compensation

Which consumer advice brand? Have posted a guide to claim compensation for missed flights due to delay.

It added that passengers are unlikely to be refunded if the delay is due to the airport rather than the airline.

Liam James30 May 2022 14:05

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All British Airways flights canceled from UK airports today

British Airways on Monday canceled 140 short-haul flights to and from its main base London Heathrow Airport.

One hundred and fourteen international flights have been cancelled, including four round-trips from Heathrow to Amsterdam and holiday flights to Faro, Málaga and Venice.

Helen Coffey And simon calder The list of all canceled flights is compiled here:

Liam James30 May 2022 13:53

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Dublin airport operators called to meet with minister to explain chaos

Dublin airport officials have been called for an urgent meeting with Irish junior minister Hildegarde Naughton today as “critical queues” yesterday forced the airport to acknowledge that some passengers may have missed their flights.

In a statement on Sunday, the Transportation Department said Transport Minister Eamon Ryan and Ms Naughton “expressed their deep displeasure” at the scenes at the airport over the weekend. Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin said the situation was “not satisfactory”.

For a reminder of what it was like yesterday, watch the following video in which the view at Bristol Airport this morning is no different [see earlier post],

Liam James30 May 2022 13:38

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Dublin airport passengers say they ‘might miss flights’ because of queues

Chaos at Dublin airport continues to this day, as snakes reportedly begin to line up early this morning (Helen Coffey writing,

A passenger shared the video, filmed at 3.40 am, in which long lines can be seen waiting for security.

Dr Barrett tweeted along with the footage: “Long queues of people even deep inside.” “Management has been well aware for months – it keeps getting worse.”

He added: “Time has been locked through the safety display…tells it really.”

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Manchester airport ‘blames everyone else’

Manchester Airport has been criticized for placing the blame for the massive flight delays on airlines and baggage handlers.

In a statement, the airport apologized for the disruption, but said delays in check-in and baggage claim were the responsibility of the airlines and ground handling firms that run their services.

It said employees were “in contact with the senior management teams of the airlines and ground handlers concerned” to “understand the cause of these issues”.

Twitter users were not satisfied with the airport’s statement and expressed their dissent.

“Another statement that pretty much everyone blames…they seem to be in denial. Management needs overhaul,” wrote one.

Manchester Airport also said it was working to reduce security wait times – which one user alleged was due to a lack of security staff.

He wrote: “How to blame ‘airline companies’ for the ridiculous and dangerous security queues?? It’s a shameful statement as a large number of ‘security’ were shut down at the start of COVID as you can’t afford the lack of leave. Didn’t want to finish!!”

After delays at the airport earlier in the spring, a spokesman said it was “low resources” and was trying to recruit more staff.

Liam James30 May 2022 13:19

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Passengers queue for hours to enter Bristol ‘Zoo’

Stranded passengers have reportedly compared scenes at Bristol airport to “a zoo” with scenes of chaos and confusion.

Over the weekend, chaos in Bristol saw thousands of passengers arrive to fly ahead of the May half term and bank holiday weekend.

Today, passengers reported waiting hours to enter the airport building.

The following photos were taken today at Bristol Airport.

(Paul Smith/SWNS)

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(Brendan Marshall/SWNS)

Liam James30 May 2022 12:58

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‘People were behaving like animals’ in Amsterdam Schiffolo

Amid the half-time holiday chaos, Britons waited for two hours outside Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, with flights closed without passengers queuing up (Josie Adanito writing,

Queues continued from outside the building to security along the airport, blaming staff shortages for the delay.

Passengers said they waited outside for about two hours and then spent up to an hour in different lines inside the terminal.

EasyJet customers queuing had already faced additional delays after Saturday’s flights were canceled due to “IT issues”.

Liam James30 May 2022 12:42

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Tui and Jet2 flights delayed in Manchester and Bristol

Carriers other than EasyJet are facing long delays. At Bristol and Manchester airports, many Tui and Jet2 passengers are departing two or three hours late.

Many Tui customers waited all day at several airports over the weekend, but eventually their entire vacation was cancelled.

A Tui spokesperson said: “Half-term holidays are always incredibly busy periods, with many customers wanting to get away.

“Unfortunately, a small number of flights have been delayed or canceled due to various operational and supply chain issues.

“We want to assure customers that we are doing everything we can to minimize delays and will be in direct communication if their leave is affected.

“We can confirm that all the passengers waiting for the incoming flights from the destination are able to stay at their hotels and food has been provided. We are in touch and will update them with the revised travel plans as soon as possible.”

simon calder30 May 2022 12:31

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more easyJet flight cancellation

EasyJet has done the same on Monday morning, after grounding dozens of holiday flights to and from London Gatwick over the weekend, notably. At least 32 departures have been axed at Sussex Airport, affecting more than 5,000 passengers.

Britain’s biggest budget airline made hundreds of cancellations last week, and on Friday decided to actively cancel 240 flights until 6 June.

While cancellations on most Mondays were advised two days in advance, the grounding of morning flights to Seville and Rome was announced only an hour earlier. The airline attributed the effect to air-traffic control restrictions at Gatwick on Sunday evening.

simon calder30 May 2022 12:28

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