Monday brought more flight cancellations from Britain’s two biggest airlines, with easyJet and British Airways cutting more than 100 scheduled services between them.
Their main bases, London Heathrow and London Gatwick, are the most affected.
British Airways has canceled 58 domestic and European flights to and from Heathrow so far.
Meanwhile easyJet has canceled at least 32 flights so far on Monday from its largest base, Gatwick. Further cancellations have been made from Luton and Edinburgh.
Both airlines have blamed a staff shortage due to Covid-related absences.
Elsewhere, UK airports continue to struggle under the weight of rising passenger numbers, also citing staffing issues as demand rises.
Manchester and Leeds airports have asked travelers to arrive three hours before their scheduled departure time to ensure they don’t get stuck in long security queues and miss their flights.
Follow the latest updates below.
Man arrives 13 hours early for flight at Manchester Airport
A man arrived 13 hours early for his flight from Manchester Airport in a bid to avoid the ‘madness’ of the queue, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Coventry’s Tim Samunyai is said to have arrived at 5.30am for his 6.55pm flight from Manchester to Zimbabwe, having ‘freaked out’ when he read the headlines about disorganized and slow queues at the airport for the past fortnight days.
“I thought if I came here good and early, I wouldn’t have to deal with all this madness there,” Mr Samunyai told the MEN.
“I don’t know if I panicked because of the news that only highlighted the negativity or whatever.
“But there was no differentiation in the reports, you saw queues for check-ins at TUI, EasyJet or Jet2 and it was shock-a-block.
“My problem was not realizing that, it’s panic if you go to Corfu, Greece or Tenerife because everyone wants to go there, and it’s halfway through.
“But if you go to Africa, then there is no problem.”
Lucy ThackrayApril 11, 2022 5:37 p.m.
‘Images shared online without context can be misleading,’ says Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport’s social media team responds to customers worried about recent long queues to reassure them that any queues they see are moving quickly, saying: “The images shared online without context can be misleading”.
After a mother expressed on Twitter that she was nervous about flying from Dublin with her children – sharing a photo of a friend showing queues snaking outside the terminal – Dublin Airport’s official social media responded: “Images shared online without context can be misleading, but rest assured the queuing system deployed over the weekend has been carefully managed, allowed queues to move quickly and enabled passengers to complete their flights.
The social media staff member also urged the woman to “please contact a member of our staff task force in the terminal (you can’t miss them they are wearing hi-viz pink) who will be happy to help you and the family with anything you might need.
At the weekend, customers reported that queues remained long but moved quickly, with passenger Keith Bunyan tweeting: ‘Great organization by staff this morning!’
Lucy ThackrayApril 11, 2022 5:12 p.m.
Airlines ‘failing to inform customers of their rights’, says travel expert
The editor of Who? Travel spoke about the current spate of flight cancellations, warning that too often airlines are not transparent about a customer’s rights when their flight is cancelled.
“Understaffed airlines have booked far more flights than they can operate at Easter, with British Airways and EasyJet passengers appearing to be the most affected,” Rory Boland said in a statement.
“In the event of a short-term cancellation, airlines must respect the legal rights of affected passengers to at least £220 compensation and a refund or re-routing options, and provide refreshments and accommodation as needed.
“We have seen many examples of carriers failing to inform their customers of these rights, which shows why the Civil Aviation Authority needs to be given stronger powers to act when airlines systematically break the rules.”
Read Simon Calder’s breakdown of your rights when your flight is canceled here:
Lucy ThackrayApril 11, 2022 4:35 p.m.
US airport reclaims title of world’s busiest
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has again been named the world’s busiest airport, two years after slipping to second place on the list.
The Georgian hub held the title for 22 years before being dethroned in 2020 by Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.
The annual list is measured by passenger volume and compiled by Airports Council International (ACI).
Lucy ThackrayApril 11, 2022 3:51 p.m.
Czech Republic lifts Covid entry restrictions
The Czech Republic has dropped all Covid-19 measures for international arrivals, regardless of vaccination status.
As of April 9, travelers to Prague and the rest of the country no longer need to produce proof of vaccination or testing before departure, or complete arrival forms. Post-arrival testing for unvaccinated visitors has also been cancelled.
It joins a pack of 15 unrestricted destinations in Europe that have dropped all remaining Covid-related entry rules.
The group includes Sweden and Latvia, which also dropped their testing and quarantine requirements this month, as well as Iceland and Denmark.
Read the full list of low-maintenance short-haul travel destinations here:
Lucy ThackrayApril 11, 2022 3:11 p.m.
Heathrow Airport ranked Europe’s most stressful airport
With many European airports struggling with increased delays due to staff shortages in recent weeks, new data analysis suggests Heathrow could be the continent’s most stressful aviation hub.
Legacy Communications has analyzed Europe’s busiest airports, using more than 10,000 passenger reviews, 2,500 tweets and hours of flight data to assess which airports are likely to cause the most headaches.
Heathrow was number two, followed by Dublin Airport.
Manchester Airport, which has just seen its chief executive resign over staffing issues, came third.
Helene CoffeyApril 11, 2022 2:24 p.m.
Hundreds of US flights canceled this weekend
Hundreds of more flights were canceled across the United States over the weekend due to extreme weather in Florida.
JetBlue and Spirit were among the airlines most affected by the disruptions.
Cancellations from the two carriers totaled more than 300 on Saturday and 254 on Sunday.
Meanwhile, JetBlue President Joanna Geraghty has sent a note to staff apologizing for operational issues.
Helene CoffeyApril 11, 2022 12:54 p.m.
Your urgent international travel questions answered by Simon Calder
The IndependentIllustrious travel correspondent Simon Calder has been hard at work answering the most pressing travel questions from another batch of readers amid large-scale disruption at UK airports over Easter.
Check out its comprehensive Q&A session to find out if you are compensated if your flight is cancelled; how to handle a missing baggage claim; and how far in advance of their flight savvy passengers should arrive:
Helene CoffeyApril 11, 2022 12:34
Heathrow Airport set to reach 86% of 2019 levels by Easter
As Heathrow celebrates its busiest month since the start of the pandemic, the flight aviation analytics firm Cirium revealed that the airport is on track to reach 2,277 Easter departures, almost 86% of Easter 2019 levels.
The biggest airlines flying out of Heathrow this Easter are expected to be British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and American Airlines.
In March 2022, there were 13,741 departures from London Heathrow – the highest number since March 2020, when 16,069 flights left the airport.
Flights are expected to rise another 24% this month, with 17,040 takeoffs scheduled for April.
Helene CoffeyApril 11, 2022 11:55 a.m.
Holidaymakers urged to renew passports now as wait times set to double
UK travelers who need a new passport are urged to apply now ahead of the summer holidays.
A backlog of applications means wait times can be double the standard length, holidaymakers have been warned.
The passport office expects renewal applications and new travel documents to increase in the coming months, meaning travelers could wait 10 weeks instead of five to receive their passports.
Helene CoffeyApril 11, 2022 11:32 am