Tens of thousands stranded in half-term flight cancellation chaos
Tens of hundreds of British travellers are stranded at airports throughout Europe by an estimated 200 flight cancellations over the weekend.
Greater than 100 flights to and from the UK have been cancelled on Saturday by a mixture of workers scarcity and air-traffic management restrictions.
To this point right now dozens extra have been grounded, primarily by easyJet. Lots of these stranded are households hoping to return house after half-term holidays.
When it comes to sheer numbers, Gatwick has by far the most important downside. The principle airline there, easyJet, has to this point cancelled round 40 flights, with others on Wizz Air and British Airways additionally grounded.
Locations embody Greek and Italian islands corresponding to Corfu, Sardinia and Sicily.
Many hundreds of British holidaymakers have been resulting from return on Saturday and are nonetheless looking for alternate options. Whereas nearly all of flights are nonetheless working, they’re very closely loaded.
All passengers are entitled to different flights as quickly as attainable together with on a rival airline; a resort room till they will journey; and, if the airline is accountable, money compensation.
At Bristol, a minimum of a dozen easyJet flights are cancelled, with most passengers getting only a few hours’ discover. Locations embody Malaga, Lisbon and Berlin.
Alexander Coombs instructed The Impartial: “I’ve obtained a textual content message saying my flight has been cancelled from Berlin to Bristol right now so I’m now stranded in Berlin.
“I can not pay money for anybody to assist me from easyJet. Any concepts on how I can get assist? The subsequent flight is Thursday!
“I’m attempting to search for different flights to a special airport within the UK however there doesn’t appear to be any right now both?”
British Airways has cancelled a median of 100-plus flights per day for weeks, drastically lowering the variety of obtainable seats to and from the UK.
There are additional cancellations at Luton on easyJet – eight to this point, together with Barcelona and Good – and one at Manchester, a round-trip to Amsterdam.
Different airways are affected, with Wizz Air grounding flights from Gatwick, Luton and Doncaster Sheffield.
Kam Hosseini is in Faro in Portugal after his Saturday night Wizz Air flight to Cardiff was grounded “minutes earlier than test in by textual content message”.
He mentioned: “No consultant from the airline on the airport, simply given a bit of paper and instructed the subsequent flights to the UK we will get on are Wednesday onwards.
“Caught in Faro and no signal of any flights anytime quickly.”
Whereas different airways can be utilized, and the associated fee charged to the cancelling airline, for a lot of passengers the alternate options are tough to seek out after wholesale cancellations over the previous week.