Flights canceled today: The latest disruption from easyJet, Ryanair and British Airways – live updates
The chaos at UK airports appears to be easing, but some holidaymakers are facing continued disruption as some flights are cancelled.
So far on Tuesday, British Airways has canceled 114 short-haul flights from its main base, which is London Heathrow Airport. Canceled domestic flights include those to Aberdeen, Manchester and Newcastle, as well as international flights to Barcelona, Lisbon and Rome.
EasyJet canceled 55 flights on Tuesday, including 26 to and from its main base at London Gatwick Airport. Canceled flights include Athens, Barcelona, Malaga and the Italian islands of Sardinia and Sicily.
It was announced later on Tuesday morning that the travel company was set to cut 400 more flights across the UK, with around 40 a day canceled by June 30. In a message to staff seen by The Guardian, the airline is preemptively cutting flights in an attempt to address staffing issues. Its chief operating officer, Peter Bellew, said: “Making these cancellations is not something we take lightly, but what’s worse is canceling our customers’ plans the day they are ready to fly.”
Meanwhile, Tui has apologized to customers for May semester delays and cancellations, which left many passengers with ruined plans. In a statement to airline customers, UK chief executive Andrew Flintham said: “During the first weekend of the May half-year, the ecosystem experienced capacity issues which affected some of our customers.
“In some cases, customers have experienced delays and, in rare cases, cancellations. These customers had a bad experience – for that, and the distress caused by the cancellations, I apologize.
“I want to assure you that we have learned from what happened and are working closely with our partners to resolve the issues that caused the delays and cancellations.”
However, some problems encountered during the May mid-term holidays persist at some airports. At Leeds Bradford Airport, people became furious as holidaymakers showed up eight hours before their flight.
The latest official airport advice says those due to travel should “arrive no earlier than three hours” before your flight departure time. However, passengers shared that some people arrived at least eight hours before their flight. Airport bosses have previously said the ongoing problems are linked to understaffing at the airport and the airport is looking for new people to hire.
But, airlines have been accused of “flagrantly flouting consumer rights” over canceled flights in recent months, PA reported. Sue Davies, head of consumer rights at consumer group Which?, told the Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee: ‘We are still seeing airlines popping up to book flights, so that they don’t know for sure that these thefts are really We’ve seen people being informed at very short notice, and haven’t really been properly informed of their rights.
“We think there are obviously some really specific issues right now in this case, but it’s just symptomatic of some of the issues we’ve seen in the industry for a long time. There’s just a blatant disregard for rights consumers and a failure to put the interests of passengers first.”
It has been reported that Spanish cabin crew on Ryanair flights will go on strike later this month. Staff unions have proposed a six-day strike in late June and early July. A growing dispute over wages and working conditions has led to the strike, the USO union has confirmed.
Walkouts are now planned June 24, 25, 26 and 30 and July 1 and 2.