Airport chaos – live: Queues and cancellations continue

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Wednesday has introduced extra flight cancellations on the UK’s airports as workers shortages proceed to impression on travellers’ plans.

One airport recruitment skilled mentioned staffing points might have an effect on the aviation trade for the subsequent yr.

Kully Sandhu, the managing director of Aviation Recruitment Community Restricted, instructed BBC Radio 4’s At this time Programme: “My private opinion, it’ll take at the very least the subsequent 12 months for the trade vacancy-wise to calm down.”

In the meantime, easyJet and British Airways proceed to cancel flights, having axed greater than 70 scheduled companies between them right this moment.

Their predominant bases, London Heathrow and London Gatwick, are worst affected. Each airways have blamed a scarcity of workers as a consequence of Covid-related absences.

The UK’s ports are additionally being hit by points this weekend, after it emerged that one other P&O Ferries vessel was being detained by regulators. It’s trying more and more unlikely that the corporate will have the ability to resume Dover-Calais sailings this Easter weekend.

Comply with the newest updates beneath.

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‘Eight weeks of cancellations’ clogging BA’s cellphone traces, says reader

Reader Liv Facey has had a nightmare attempting to get in contact with British Airways after her flight to Barcelona on Sunday was cancelled over every week upfront.

She believes the clogged cellphone traces might be the results of the airline advising buyer to ring when their cancelled flight is inside the subsequent eight weeks.

Ms Facey instructed The Unbiased: “I’m as a consequence of fly out on Sunday seventeenth for my first vacation for the reason that pandemic began. On Saturday I obtained an electronic mail from British Airways saying my flight out to Barcelona has been cancelled and BA would contact me to see if they’ll get me on one other flight – however that I might additionally name them to type it out myself.

“My mom and I each known as all day day by day till yesterday, and each time the road was busy, and we’d finally get lower off. No person contacted us to get us on various flight or inform us what our choices have been.

“Our flight as a part of a package deal vacation, so whereas our outbound flight has been cancelled the remainder of the vacation nonetheless stands – I couldn’t simply guide one other flight or get a refund on that one leg.

“Once I lastly acquired by way of to BA 20 minutes earlier than they have been as a consequence of shut final night time, there was no apology for not getting involved. They mentioned that they had rearranged to get me on one other flight however that I hadn’t accepted it.

“That is inconceivable contemplating nobody emailed me, known as and even up to date my ‘handle my reserving’ web page with that data. Customer support was appalling.

“BA is saying to name ‘should you’re flying out within the subsequent eight weeks’ – so it’s eight weeks of cancellations blocking up that line when it needs to be two weeks most, contemplating the scenario occurring on the airport.”

Lucy Thackray13 April 2022 18:16

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Brits miss holidays and lose hundreds ready for passports

Some British holidaymakers are lacking holidays and dropping money as a result of their passports are arriving weeks slower than anticipated.

Current critiques on Passportwaitingtime.co.uk, which tracks shoppers’ ready time throughout functions, present clients’ frustration with the usually inconsistent wait instances for a brand new passport.

One person’s evaluation, posted on Wednesday, says she’s waited greater than 12 weeks for 2 of her household’s passports to be renewed, dropping out on a £2,400 vacation within the course of.

One other holidaymaker wrote of their shock that it had taken almost two months to obtain their little one’s first passport. They are saying that they had moved their flights for an essential journey 3 times, and nonetheless needed to get their MP concerned in addition to decide up the passport themselves.

On Monday, Abi Tierney – director basic of HM Passport Workplace – warned that travellers have been leaving their functions too late, urging holidaymakers to use now forward of the summer time holidays.

Persons are being suggested to permit the utmost ready time of 10 weeks for a brand new passport to reach.

Lucy Thackray13 April 2022 17:33

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Rail passengers warned about Easter closures

Over Easter, a few of Nice Britain’s busiest inter-city traces will likely be disrupted.

London Euston station, hub for the West Coast predominant line to the West Midlands, northwest England, north Wales and southern Scotland, will likely be utterly closed from Good Friday to Easter Monday – 15 to 18 April.

Trains will begin and finish at Milton Keynes Central. Different stretches of the West Coast predominant line may even be closed, together with the Coventry-Birmingham line on 16 and 17 April.

From the UK’s busiest station, London Waterloo, the road west of Staines will likely be closed. The route from Waterloo by way of Hampshire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Dorset to Exeter will likely be interrupted between Yeovil Junction and Honiton.

No trains will run between London Marylebone and Aylesbury Vale Parkway by way of Amersham.

Community Rail says: “An unbiased evaluation in 2016 how the rail trade plans and schedules main enchancment work concluded that Christmas, Easter and financial institution holidays are one of the best instances for upgrades that want main traces to be closed.”

(Simon Calder)

Simon Calder13 April 2022 16:19

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Flying from Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted this weekend? Watch out for public transport cuts

London’s three busiest airports – Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted – will all be disconnected from the same old public transport hyperlinks over Easter.

From 15 to 18 April – Good Friday to Easter Monday inclusive, these traces will likely be closed.

Heathrow: Piccadilly line Tube trains won’t run between Acton City and Heathrow. Transport for London (TfL) says: “Clients for Heathrow are suggested to make use of TfL Rail or Heathrow Categorical companies and alternative buses will function.”

TfL Rail departures from London Paddington run 4 instances an hour to Heathrow Terminals 2 and three, with two journeys every hour prolonged to Terminal 5. The one-way fare of £11.60 for TfL trains is lower than half the £25 Heathrow Categorical value.

Gatwick: No trains will run on the primary Gatwick Categorical/Southern route from London Victoria to Gatwick airport. Different rail companies will run from London Bridge.

Stansted: Stansted Categorical trains won’t run, with rail alternative buses working from Waltham Cross to the Essex airport. Nationwide Categorical gives a coach various.

Simon Calder13 April 2022 15:35

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Two iconic New Zealand rail journeys set to relaunch

The identical week that New Zealand reopens its borders to the primary overseas travellers in 9 months, the welcome announcement has been made that two of its most iconic prepare journeys will return this yr.

The Northern Explorer (from Auckland-Wellington) and the Coastal Pacific (Wellington-Picton-Christchurch) will each resume companies from the tip of September.

Tickets for each go on sale from 26 April. “We may even be including a spread of thrilling new merchandise, together with short-break packages, multi-day excursions, and a brand new eating service,” says operator Nice Journeys of New Zealand.

“Greatest information all day,” enthused rail skilled Mark Smith, higher often known as The Man in Seat 61.

Lucy Thackray13 April 2022 13:30

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Don’t arrive too early, warn passengers who report ‘crusing by way of’ airport safety

Some clients are reporting that queues at Manchester and Heathrow Airport have eased – discovering that they “sailed by way of” the terminal after arriving early as a precaution.

Shortly after 8am, Twitter person Scott wrote: “For anybody stressing about Manchester Airport and queues, it’s completely useless at T1. So don’t come useless early like me and sit ready for two hours to examine in.”

In the meantime, Giles Nicholson wrote this morning: “Shout out [to] the workers managing the queue this morning @Gatwick_Airport. My coronary heart sank once I noticed it however I sailed by way of (comparatively, 30mins).”

At Luton, David Clarke wrote: “Very enjoyable going by way of Luton airport this morning. No queues on the easyJet checkin, and solely about 25 minutes to undergo safety.”

Lucy Thackray13 April 2022 12:58

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New Zealand reopens to first overseas travellers

This morning, the primary overseas guests to New Zealand landed at its main metropolis airports within the first stage of its phased reopening to worldwide travellers.

The nation – which has remained largely sealed off from the world for the reason that begin of the pandemic – is initially permitting solely Australian guests and everlasting NZ residents to enter.

Each teams have to be double vaccinated with the intention to go to, and should take a pre-travel Covid take a look at. They’ll select between a PCR within the earlier 48 hours or an antigen or LAMP take a look at inside the earlier 24.

Lucy Thackray13 April 2022 12:33

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Flybe returns with £20 flight from Birmingham to Belfast

Two years after Flybe collapsed with the lack of greater than 2,000 jobs, the regional airline has returned.

Flybe flight BE404 took off from Birmingham simply after 9am, and touched down 51 minutes later after a 226-mile flight.

In a particular promotion, many seats on board have been bought for as little as £19.99 one-way.

Simon Calder13 April 2022 11:29

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Greece to take away all Covid journey restrictions earlier than summer time holidays

Greece is about to scrap the rest of its Covid-related journey restrictions on 2 Might, the nation’s well being minister has confirmed – simply in time for its summer time vacationer season.

Thanos Plevris mentioned on Tuesday that pandemic circumstances had stabilised within the nation, permitting Greece “to proceed with the suspension of the safety measures put in place from 1 Might.”

Greece’s use of vaccine certificates, restoration certificates and its requirement to put on masks in indoor public locations will not be in place from 2 Might.

Lucy Thackray13 April 2022 10:29

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DFDS Ferries will refuse P&O clients once more this weekend on Dover-Calais

Since P&O Ferries made almost 800 crew redundant on 17 March and suspended sailings, passengers have been directed to make use of DFDS Ferries with the identical tickets. However as soon as once more this weekend, DFDS won’t settle for P&O clients.

The ferry agency tweeted: “DFDS has no availability for P&O clients between 15 April 00:01 and 17 April 23:59. Please don’t proceed to port and not using a confirmed reservation, contact P&O Ferries for various journey preparations.”

DFDS can be telling different potential passengers to not arrive at port and not using a confirmed reservation.

Simon Calder13 April 2022 09:56

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