Half-term travel chaos: Flights continue to be canceled as passengers reach huge queues at the airport

British holidaymakers hoping to travel this week face ongoing travel disruption across the UK.

After 240 proactive flights canceled over the weekend, easyJet’s daily cancellations continue.

Passengers on the early flight to Belfast from Gatwick to Tuesday at 4am were told they would not travel.

Meanwhile, the airline’s 5am service from Bristol to Amsterdam was canceled at 2am – one customer reported they had to switch to a flight the next day, where the train is set to cost £123.

Passengers arrived at Manchester Airport at 4am to find queues stretching back towards the terminal entrance.

Vacationers have also reported long, early morning queues at Bristol Airport, as well as Glasgow and Stansted, with many customers posting videos and photos of waiting crowds.

UK airports have struggled to “expand” to cope with a spring surge in holidaymakers, with some blaming staff shortages or staffing problems.

This morning, Arts Minister Lord Parkinson criticized the travel industry, saying that airports and airlines “should have prepared” for the surge in demand.

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What are my rights if my flight is cancelled?

Many readers say independent That airlines refuse to book them on alternative flights or arrange hotel accommodations when they are stranded.

If your flight is canceled on short notice, your airline must take you on the next available flight to your destination – even if it’s with a competing airline – as well as provide accommodation, food and drink if you are stranded for an extended period of time.

If the airlines refuse to help you, you should cover your essentials while keeping all receipts. Be aware that some airlines have rules about the level of accommodation they will reimburse you for – for example a three star hotel.

Here are your consumer rights if your flight is cancelled:

Lucy TakerayMay 31, 2022 08:25

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Morning queues have eased in Dublin, but staff remains understaffed

Customers and media at Dublin Airport have reported that the early rush of queues this morning has subsided, with Sky News Ireland’s Stephen Murphy posting a picture of Ryanair’s check-in area in Terminal 1.

The airport is staffed with only 70 percent of its usual staff as it heads out during half-term and on the bank jubilee weekend, Irish Independent I mentioned this morning.

However, passenger levels are expected to return to 95 percent of pre-pandemic levels.

Ministers yesterday told airport operator DAA of their “enormous disappointment and frustration” with the travel chaos in recent weeks, and demanded by this morning.

“The answer lies in managing human resources within the DAA, and planning within the organization as well,” said Taoiseach Micheál Martin.

Lucy TakerayMay 31, 2022 08:03

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“The industry should have prepared for that,” says the arts minister.

Arts Minister Lord Parkinson criticized airlines and airports this morning, saying the industry “should have prepared” for a surge in passenger demand in the spring.

talking on Sky NewsLord Parkinson said the DOT had been working with industry and had been “for several months”.

He continued: “It is very painful if you come to the airport and your flight is not ready, so we told the industry that you need to prepare for that, they need the staff we need to make sure people can get away and enjoy the holidays.

“We’ve been saying to the industry for some time that they should have prepared for that.”

Asked about Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary’s comments that supporting airlines during the pandemic was “unfortunate”, he said: “There are a lot of opinionated people in the airline industry.”

He insisted that “businesses have to have people in place,” and noted that the government was using “post-Brexit freedoms” to speed up hiring of new employees in the travel industry.

Lucy TakerayMay 31, 2022 07:49

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The family’s trip to Greece was delayed by two days

Her flight with the Tui family to Kefalonia was delayed by two days.

Teacher Chloe Motterside, of Middleton, had planned to soak up the sun for five days on the Greek island with her daughter.

But after they arrived at the airport on Sunday, their departure was delayed.

“My daughter was crying and upset and she was very tired,” Mutrashid told the Manchester Evening News.

Rory SullivanMay 31, 2022 06:10

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Travel disruption dominates the front pages in the UK

Delays at airports dominated the UK front pages on Tuesday, putting half-time travel at risk for many people.

Rory SullivanMay 31, 2022 04:30

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Over 6000 flights canceled over Memorial Day weekend

It’s not just the UK that has been struggling to cancel flights lately. So did the United States over Memorial Day weekend.

Read more from our reporter Graziose Greg:

Rory SullivanMay 31, 2022 03:00

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Half-range travel misery

In addition to pioneering the cost of living crisis, our front page on Tuesday holds a photograph of the travel chaos that has plagued British airports over half a term.

Rory SullivanMay 31, 2022 01:30

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Reports indicate that baggage check-in at Dublin Airport takes more than three hours

Reports indicate that the process of checking in baggage at Dublin Airport now takes more than three hours.

Rory SullivanMay 30, 2022 23:59

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Travel chaos will get worse before it gets better

A prominent aviation analyst warned that the travel chaos seen in recent days “will get worse before it gets better”.

Alex Macheras predicted that there will be a “summer of air travel disruption”, due to staff shortages across the sector and a spike in passenger demand.

Although the problem is being felt across Europe, he said the UK had some of the worst delays.

Rory SullivanMay 30, 2022 23:30

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Hundreds queue at Manchester Airport amid staff shortages

At Manchester Airport, hundreds of people lined up this evening, due to a shortage of staff.

Here is a photo from one passenger:

Rory SullivanMay 30, 2022 23:02

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