Flights cancelled latest updates: Thousands stranded abroad as Sadiq Khan blames Brexit for flight chaos

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Tens of 1000’s of Britons are stranded throughout airports throughout Europe after one more sequence of flight cancellations because the half-term journey chaos reveals no indicators of abating.

Many households and {couples} have been as a result of return to the UK on Saturday however 100 flights have been cancelled as a result of ongoing points with employees shortages which have plagued airports for months.

Dozens of flights have already been cancellled on Sunday, with the most important concern at Gatwick the place Wizz Air, British Airways and easyJet have grounded flights.

The prolonged queues, mass cancellations and horrendous delays passengers confronted are the fault of Brexit, London mayor Sadiq Khan has mentioned.

He has referred to as on the federal government to loosen up immigration guidelines and permit European employees who have been employed within the aviation business earlier than Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic to return with the intention to plug the labour scarcity within the sector.

Nonetheless, transport minister Grant Shapps outright dismissed calls to open the door to extra “low cost” overseas employees in a bid to alleviate the stress on the aviation sector.

He accused journey bosses of “reducing too far” through the pandemic and mentioned it was as much as the sector to resolve the problems.

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What are my client rights if my flight has been cancelled?

Dozens of flights are being cancelled by airways every day as a result of employees shortages and absences as a result of illness.

British Airways, easyJet and Tui have all made the choice to chop again their summer season schedules, with most routes being cancelled prematurely and passengers notified.

Our journey correspondent Simon Calder runs by way of your client rights in case your flight is cancelled.

Joe Middleton5 June 2022 16:07

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Airways have to ‘observe the foundations when flights are disrupted’ say client group Which?

Lisa Webb, a regulation professional at client rights group Which?, mentioned airways wanted to “observe the foundations when flights are disrupted” following a “hellish week” for travellers.

“The shameful scenes at UK airports this half-term are the results of an business during which some airways really feel they will get away with ignoring client rights and performing with close to impunity,” she mentioned.

“It’s clear that passenger rights should be strengthened, so the Authorities should drop plans to chop compensation for delayed and cancelled flights and the Civil Aviation Authority have to be given the ability to concern direct fines so it may maintain airways to account once they flout the regulation.”

Joe Middleton5 June 2022 15:40

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Pictured: queues at Eurostar in Paris

The primary picture reveals theGare du Nord terminal and the second is the Eurostar ready room.

(Laura Hampson)

(Laura Hampson)

Joe Middleton5 June 2022 15:16

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Is journey and passport chaos the brand new regular for International Britain?

This journey chaos and these passport delays don’t really feel very very like the Brexit we have been promised, writes Sean O’Grady.

Joe Middleton5 June 2022 14:42

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Grant Shapps rejects requires ‘low cost’ overseas employees to resolve airport chaos

Grant Shapps has rejected calls to open the door to extra “low cost” overseas employees in a bid to alleviate the stress on the aviation sector.

The transport secretary mentioned he’ll “do completely every little thing doable to ensure” holidaymakers are capable of get away with out points through the summer season however stopped wanting permitting a brief migration inflow to bridge the labour scarcity.

Mr Shapps, requested whether or not he would quickly enable extra overseas employees into the business to alleviate staffing pressures, instructed the BBC’s Sunday Morning programme: “The reply can’t all the time be to succeed in for the lever marked ‘Extra immigration’.

“There may be not some pull that’s going to alleviate this.”

Mr Shapps additionally denied that the UK’s divorce from Brussels was the principle issue behind the chaos and queues seen at Britain’s airports over the four-day Platinum Jubilee break, pointing to large-scale disruption elsewhere in Europe.

Mr Shapps added that the Brexit vote had been about transferring away from hiring “low cost labour from someplace else”.

“I didn’t vote for Brexit however the nation did and we’ve made our selection – we would like a high-wage, high-skilled economic system,” he mentioned. Which means the aviation sector, like all different sectors, and because the HGV, the lorry driving sector has now carried out, wants to alter.”

Joe Middleton5 June 2022 14:15

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Eurostar replace from Paris

Passengers scheduled for the 9.12am CEST practice from Paris Gare du Nord have been instructed that their practice ought to be able to depart at 3.15pm CEST, six hours after it was initially scheduled to depart.

As this information was introduced by members of the Eurostar staff, there have been cheers and clapping all through the Eurostar ready terminal, the place passengers from 4 delayed trains have been ready for shut to 5 hours.

An earlier electrical fault simply exterior of Paris has been the trigger for the Eurostar delays at this time, which has seen a number of trains from Paris to London cancelled as British holidaymakers attempt to return house for the top of the varsity holidays.

Passengers within the three different trains main as much as 12pm have been instructed they need to have the ability to get house at this time too.

Joe Middleton5 June 2022 14:00

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1000’s of passengers diverted after energy failure stops arrivals at Luton airport

No less than 18 flights, believed to be carrying round 3,000 passengers in complete, have been diverted after a Sunday morning energy failure at Luton airport.

One Wizz Air jet landed at Beauvais northern France, whereas others have been re-routed to Doncaster, Liverpool and East Midlands airports.

Luton airport initially instructed passengers: “An earlier energy failure within the space has resulted within the non permanent lack of some navigational aids, that means some disruption to flights.”

Plane couldn’t land for round three hours between 7am and 10am. A lot of the arrivals have been on Wizz from jap European airports, however an easyJet arrival from Belfast was re-routed to Gatwick.

Simon Calder has the most recent.

Joe Middleton5 June 2022 13:42

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Grant Shapps says Brexit is to not blame for airport chaos

Grant Shapps says Brexit is to not blame for airport chaos

Joe Middleton5 June 2022 13:28

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Paris to London Eurostar trains delayed

Laura Hampson experiences that trains working from Paris to London on the Eurostar have been delayed since 9am CEST this morning as a result of {an electrical} fault simply exterior of the French capital.

There are at the moment 4 trainloads of passengers, ready to board a service again to London with queues stretching out previous the Gare du Nord gates and later trains have been cancelled.

An replace given by the Eurostar staff at 12.30pm CEST instructed passengers that {the electrical} fault is extra critical than first thought, and no trains can be leaving till mid afternoon, seemingly from 4pm CEST onwards.

Nonetheless, that is simply an estimate.Passengers have been instructed that they will cancel their tickets if they want, however there’s numerous British passengers within the ready room hoping to get house at this time.

Final night time’s thunderstorm has meant that temperatures are scorching and humid at this time, however the Eurostar employees say that air-con received’t be turned on within the Gate du Nord terminal till 21 June.

Joe Middleton5 June 2022 13:24

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Delays and prolonged queues at Bristol Airport

Holidaymakers have reported prolonged queues at Bristol Airport on Sunday morning. Quite a lot of passengers have taken to social media upset by the delays.

Joe Middleton5 June 2022 13:10

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