Mid-term travel latest: Chaos at airports continues as easyJet and British Airways cancel flights

British holidaymakers hoping to take off this week are facing continued travel disruption across the UK.

After preemptively cutting 240 flights over the weekend, easyJet canceled two more services at the last minute from Gatwick this morning.

The grounding of dawn flights to Seville and Rome by the low-cost carrier was only announced an hour before they departed.

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

Outside the UK, travelers at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport have also reported similar chaotic scenes. Britons waited two hours outside the terminal amid mid-term holiday chaos, with flights taking off with no passengers stuck in queues.

Elsewhere, other carriers are experiencing long delays. At Bristol and Manchester airports, many Tui and Jet2 passengers depart two or three hours late.

British Airways continues to cut more than 100 flights a day, although these are pre-planned cancellations, with affected passengers being notified in advance.


Watch: Dublin airport chaos continues

Scenes from Dublin Airport this morning after a weekend of delays led to the Irish government summoning airport officials for a meeting to explain themselves and what they had planned to remedy the situation .

Dublin airport chaos continues as huge queues cause passengers to miss flights

Liam JamesMay 30, 2022 3:29 p.m.


Plane takes 12 hours to fly from Dallas to Los Angeles

A recent American Airlines flight took 12 hours to fly between Dallas Fort Worth, Texas, and Los Angeles, California – a trip that normally takes just over three hours (Helene Coffey writing).

The worst part for the frustrated passengers was that their intended destination was Tokyo.

The May 28 service to the Japanese capital was over seven hours on its standard route to Narita Airport and was flying over the North Pacific Ocean when it was forced to turn back.

Liam JamesMay 30, 2022 3:18 p.m.


Airport warns of arriving too early for flights

Bristol Airport operators have warned passengers not to arrive too early for their flight as this will lengthen queues and increase delays.

Customer Operations Manager Richard Thomasson said: “The Bristol Airport team and business partners are working hard to ensure all customers have a smooth and easy journey through the terminal.

“For early morning flight departures, we see customers arriving five hours before the flight departs, which adds to congestion in the terminal. This is something we have not experienced before.”

Passengers are advised to check with their airline for the appropriate check-in time.

Liam JamesMay 30, 2022 2:58 p.m.


“Many in tears” at Manchester Airport

A man who said he was stuck at Manchester Airport for 11 hours before his flight to Greece was canceled told the BBC people were “in tears” amid the chaotic scenes.

James Sutton, 50, from Warrington, said he was due to take off on the 07.55 BST flight to Heraklion in Crete on Sunday.

He said: “It was a mess. It took us almost three hours just to check in with our luggage.

“When we got on the flight it couldn’t take off because they didn’t know where anyone’s luggage was.”

Mr Sutton added: ‘After a few hours the pilot decided to let everyone off and the flight was cancelled.

“There were a lot of angry people and a lot of tears.

“The police came at one point as I think the staff were concerned it was overflowing.”

Manchester Airport has apologized for the general disruption.

Liam JamesMay 30, 2022 2:45 p.m.


Passengers queued 1.5 hours at security gates – Bristol

Bristol Airport said passengers queued for an hour and a half at the security gates this morning.

Delays in security checks have been the cause of much travel chaos in recent months.

Several airports have reported staff shortages as travel resumes from the nadir of the pandemic.

Liam JamesMay 30, 2022 2:31 p.m.


More on the ground from Bristol

More photos have emerged from Bristol Airport, where passengers were forced to queue outside the terminal this morning due to delays [see earlier post].

Passengers at the Jet2 stand today

(Tom Wren/SWNS)

(Tom Wren/SWNS)

Liam JamesMay 30, 2022 2:18 p.m.


Who? publishes advice on claiming compensation

Consumer advice brand Which one? published a guide on claiming compensation for missed flights due to delays.

It says passengers are unlikely to be reimbursed if the delays are due to the airport rather than the airline.

Liam JamesMay 30, 2022 2:05 p.m.


All British Airways flights canceled today from UK airports

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

The Independent calculates that 26 domestic flights have been grounded, including four return trips between Heathrow and Edinburgh and two to Aberdeen and Glasgow. Inverness, Manchester, Newcastle and Jersey are also affected.

One hundred and fourteen international flights are cancelled, including four round trips from Heathrow to Amsterdam and holiday flights to Faro, Malaga and Venice.

Helene Coffey and Simon Calder have compiled a list of all canceled flights here:

Liam JamesMay 30, 2022 1:53 p.m.


Dublin airport operators summoned to meet minister to explain chaos

Dublin Airport officials were today summoned to an urgent meeting with Ireland’s junior minister Hildegarde Naughton after ‘long queues’ yesterday forced the airport to admit some passengers may miss their flights .

In a statement on Sunday, the Department for Transport said Transport Minister Eamon Ryan and Ms Naughton had “expressed their deep displeasure” with the scenes at the airport over the weekend. Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said the situation was “unsatisfactory”.

To remind you what it was like yesterday, watch the following video which shows scenes similar to those at Bristol Airport this morning [see earlier post].

Liam JamesMay 30, 2022 1:38 p.m.


Passengers at Dublin Airport have been told they ‘may miss flights’ due to queues

The chaos continues at Dublin Airport today, as winding queues reportedly began to build up in the early hours of the morning (Helene Coffey writing).

A passenger shared a video filmed at 3:40 a.m. which shows long queues awaiting security.

“Thick queues with people growing deep too,” Dr Barrett tweeted, alongside the images. “Management has been well aware for months – worse is getting worse.”

They added: “Safety time display has been disabled… really sums it up.”

Liam JamesMay 30, 2022 1:29 p.m.

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