Mid-term travel latest: Four-hour queues at Manchester Airport as easyJet and BA cancel flights

British holidaymakers hoping to take off this week are facing continued travel disruption across the UK.

After preemptively cutting 240 flights over the weekend, easyJet canceled two more services at the last minute from Gatwick this morning.

The grounding of dawn flights to Seville and Rome by the low-cost carrier was only announced an hour before they departed.

Meanwhile, passengers arriving at Dublin Airport in the early hours of the morning continued to report long queues for security after a weekend that saw lines stretch outside the terminal, with passengers being warned by the airport that they may miss flights as a result.

Outside the UK, travelers at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport have also reported similar chaotic scenes. Britons waited two hours outside the terminal amid mid-term holiday chaos, with flights taking off with no passengers stuck in queues.

Elsewhere, other carriers are experiencing long delays. At Bristol and Manchester airports, many Tui and Jet2 passengers depart two or three hours late.

British Airways continues to cut more than 100 flights a day, although these are pre-planned cancellations, with affected passengers being notified in advance.


Dublin Airport has until Tuesday morning to find a fix – Irish government

Bosses at Dublin Airport have been asked to come up with solutions to resolve the lengthy delays facing passengers by Tuesday morning.

In a meeting with airport management today, Irish government ministers expressed ‘huge disappointment and frustration’ at the weekend scenes, which led to more than 1,000 passengers missing their flights Sunday only.

Airport officials today met Eamon Ryan, the Minister for Transport, and Deputy Minister Hildegarde Naughton to discuss the matter.

In a joint statement they said: ‘Ministers said excessively long queues and waiting times were causing significant distress to passengers as well as damaging the country’s business reputation. , travel, connectivity and tourism.

“Ministers instructed [Dublin Airport Authority] report by tomorrow morning on the solutions that can be put in place before this holiday weekend to offer an acceptable passenger experience to citizens and visitors departing from the airport.

Dublin airport chaos continues as huge queues cause passengers to miss flights

Liam JamesMay 30, 2022 6:42 p.m.


Queues at Bristol Airport are ‘the worst we’ve ever seen’

The passenger queues outside Bristol Airport were the worst in memory, according to airport transfer service MET Executive Travel.

Bristol Airport has been one of the hardest hit by travel delays in recent days, leading passengers to call it ‘Bristol Zoo’.

Passengers were forced to wait outside in a long queue that reached a car park earlier in the day.

The taxi company posted a video of the queues on Facebook earlier. It read: ‘Here are the queues of passengers trying to get into the airport this morning stretching all the way to the drop-off area, the worst we have ever seen.

Liam JamesMay 30, 2022 6:13 p.m.


Manchester passengers delayed ‘up to four hours’

Passengers at Manchester Airport said they had to queue for four hours today.

Manchester Airport said in a statement that airlines and their ground handlers were experiencing “challenges” which “resulted in delays to check-in and baggage claim for some passengers”.

He added: “This is not the experience we want passengers to have at Manchester Airport and we are sorry to hear that customers have been disturbed.”

Several social media users suggested the airport was trying to shift blame for the delays, which they said were due to staff shortages caused by layoffs during the pandemic.

Liam JamesMay 30, 2022 5:37 p.m.


Children devastated on first holiday since Covid canceled

Anna Saunders, 41, had booked a week-long getaway to Cyprus with her husband Matthew, 44, and two children from Stansted Airport on Saturday – the children’s first holiday since the Covid-19 pandemic.

Upon arriving at the airport, they found that their flight with holiday company TUI had been delayed. Soon after, all vacations were canceled.

The company sent a text message saying the family’s £5,200 trip could not take place for ‘operational reasons’.

Ms Saunders said her children Eva and Jack, aged 13 and 10, are ‘heartbroken’ to miss the Mediterranean – they will instead stay at a friend’s caravan in Cromer, Norfolk, for a semester.

She said: “My children were heartbroken. Explaining to a child that he is not going on vacation after passing through the airport is quite difficult.

“I would be cautious to book with TUI again. It was not what we expected. They had to know they couldn’t do the vacation.

Anna Saunders with husband Matthew and children Jack and Eva


Liam JamesMay 30, 2022 4:55 p.m.


More than 1,000 passengers missed flights in Dublin

In the previous message [15.48] we reported that dozens of passengers had missed flights at Dublin Airport over the weekend.

That figure was actually very short – daa, the airport operator, said more than 1,000 people missed flights on Sunday alone according to an early estimate, and that number is expected to rise.

Kevin Cullinane, communications manager at daa, told RTE: “At this stage we estimate over 1,000 passengers… we will again this morning do a final tally with all of our airline partners and customers to determine the final number.

“But certainly at this point it’s well over 1,000 passengers, and we unreservedly apologize for that.”

Airport officials were due to meet Irish Transport Minister Hildegarde Naughton today to explain what happened over the weekend.

Liam JamesMay 30, 2022 4:09 p.m.


Passengers line up at Dublin Airport

Passengers at Dublin Airport were seen singing and yodling in the check-in queue for German airline Lufthansa.

Delays in Dublin continued today after a long weekend that saw dozens of passengers miss flights.

Liam JamesMay 30, 2022 3:48 p.m.


Gatwick “still suffers from delays”

Delays persist at London Gatwick, according to social media user accounts.

A Twitter user today claimed he waited over three hours for airport staff to drop off his luggage for a flight.

The Independent learned yesterday that easyJet had decided to cancel more flights at Gatwick, its biggest base, after a week that saw hundreds of planes grounded.

The airline is cutting 24 flights a day from Saturday May 28 to Monday June 6 inclusive.

The Independent asked Gatwick for an update on the general situation.

Liam JamesMay 30, 2022 3:35 p.m.


Watch: Dublin airport chaos continues

Scenes from Dublin Airport this morning after a weekend of delays led to the Irish government summoning airport officials for a meeting to explain themselves and what they had planned to remedy the situation .

Dublin airport chaos continues as huge queues cause passengers to miss flights

Liam JamesMay 30, 2022 3:29 p.m.


Plane takes 12 hours to fly from Dallas to Los Angeles

A recent American Airlines flight took 12 hours to fly between Dallas Fort Worth, Texas, and Los Angeles, California – a trip that normally takes just over three hours (Helene Coffey writing).

The worst part for the frustrated passengers was that their intended destination was Tokyo.

The May 28 service to the Japanese capital was over seven hours on its standard route to Narita Airport and was flying over the North Pacific Ocean when it was forced to turn back.

Liam JamesMay 30, 2022 3:18 p.m.


Airport warns of arriving too early for flights

Bristol Airport operators have warned passengers not to arrive too early for their flight as this will lengthen queues and increase delays.

Customer Operations Manager Richard Thomasson said: “The Bristol Airport team and business partners are working hard to ensure all customers have a smooth and easy journey through the terminal.

“For early morning flight departures, we see customers arriving five hours before the flight departs, which adds to congestion in the terminal. This is something we have not experienced before.”

Passengers are advised to check with their airline for the appropriate check-in time.

Liam JamesMay 30, 2022 2:58 p.m.

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