Travelers returning to the UK at the end of the half-term holiday – and those trying to leave – faced another day of disruption and long delays on Saturday.
Twenty-five departures and 22 arrivals from Gatwick Airport have been cancelled, affecting at least 7,000 passengers.
A Gatwick spokesperson said the disruption was largely due to departures not leaving and therefore unable to return.
“Bad weather across Europe means air traffic control restrictions have been imposed on airspace across the continent,” they said.
“This is causing delays and is the reason for some of the cancellations. Many UK airports will be affected by this.
The vast majority of Gatwick cancellations were on Saturday, including easyJet flights to and from Amsterdam, Milan, Nice and Seville. British Airways and Wizz Air flights were also reportedly cancelled.
The spokesperson said there were no significant queues at the airport.
At Bristol airport, where passengers were pictured in queues described as horrendous on Friday, easyJet canceled flights to Berlin, Biarritz, Nice and Prague, according to the Independent. The carrier said earlier it canceled at least 30 services on Saturday.
A spokesman said on Saturday: ‘EasyJet will operate around 1,700 flights carrying around a quarter of a million customers each day over the bank holiday weekend, with a small proportion canceled early either last week or overnight. and [customers] informed of their options to rebook or receive a refund.
“Airlines continue to operate in a challenging environment, including with air traffic control restrictions in place today at London Gatwick and issues with ground operations at several airports, including Amsterdam, where the airport has asked airlines to cancel some flights today.
“As a result, a small portion of additional flights may be disrupted today.
“We fully understand the inconvenience this will have caused our customers and we are truly sorry.”
Pregnant soon-to-be traveler Faye Osmund-Smith said she and her family had booked flights through Tui but were stuck at Gatwick Airport on Saturday ‘with no updates other than our canceled flight 14 minutes before the record”.
She said on Saturday: ‘I am traveling with my partner, two 12 year olds, a 16 and 17 year old and I am 21 weeks pregnant.
“We were supposed to fly from Gatwick to Agadir [in Morocco] at 3:05 p.m. this afternoon. Registration was to open at noon.
“At 11.50am we received an email telling us the flight was cancelled. EasyJet staff at the airport were not interested in helping and just told us to call Tui. The airport was chaos. There is nowhere to sit and food outlets are limited.
“We haven’t been able to talk to anyone in Tui all day. We jumped on a train to Luton, where we are now. We have booked a hotel here and will try to fly to Agadir at 7am tomorrow, but have no hope. So far we have incurred costs of nearly £1000.
Airlines are obliged to offer an alternative flight on the same day in the event of cancellation, including paying for a flight with another airline if necessary, but availability is extremely limited, leaving many passengers stranded or facing long delays. delays.
Rail passengers have been warned of a major disruption to services over the weekend due to a strike and engineering works.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers union have left a long-running dispute with management of the TransPennine Express line over pay.
TPE urged people not to travel on Saturdays or Sundays. It said it would operate a modified timetable on both days, with very limited service available for those on essential journeys.
Travelers returning from France to the UK have been told of significant congestion in and around the French ports of Dunkirk and Calais.
Passengers traveling via Dunkirk have been advised to allow at least two hours for border control and check-in, although traffic from Dover is proceeding as normal.
DFDS Seaways tweeted: “Roads in and around Dunkirk/Calais are extremely busy. Please allow extra time to reach each port.