EasyJet cancels more than 200 mid-term flights from Gatwick


EasyJet is to cancel more than 200 flights over the next 10 days, causing disruption for families traveling abroad on mid-term holidays.

The airline said around 24 flights a day from London Gatwick Airport would be canceled between May 28 and June 6.

He said the cancellations were necessary “to provide reliable services during this busy time”.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has urged people to check the latest advice before traveling to the Port of Dover.

The DfT has warned that Kent’s roads are ‘extremely busy’ due to ‘unusually high numbers’ of travelers and that P&O Ferries is still not running all of its ferry crossings.

The Dover Kent Resilience Forum said around 750 trucks were queuing on Saturday morning – although tourists took priority.

Dozens of travelers also lined up at London’s St Pancras station as they hope to get to France.

Independent Travel editor Simon Calder said he had never seen such a long queue at the station but confirmed there had been no major disruption.

Families heading to Disneyland Paris and football fans heading to Paris for the Champions League final were among those queuing at the station, he said.

Cancellations

Thursday, a software failure forced EasyJet to cancel around 200 flights.

The problem affected UK airports. EasyJet said the latest cancellations were unrelated to the IT problem, which has now been resolved.

It said a range of issues were affecting its operations and contributing to the cancellations, including air traffic control restrictions, runway works and airport processing delays.

In a statement, the airline said: “We apologize for the late notice of some of these cancellations and the inconvenience caused to customers booked on these flights, but we believe this is necessary to provide reliable service during this busy period.

“Customers are notified from today and have the option to rebook their flight or receive a refund and can claim compensation in accordance with the regulations.”

The airline will still operate around 1,700 flights a day over the next week.

Holiday company Tui canceled six flights from Birmingham, Manchester and London Gatwick on Saturday morning while other flights were delayed.

The delays were due to “a combination of factors” and refreshments and hotel accommodation were going to be provided, the company said.

He also added that those whose flight was canceled would be contacted directly and receive a full refund within 14 days.

“I had to watch dad’s funeral online”

A woman has described how her family missed her father’s funeral because their flight was canceled by EasyJet minutes before departure.

Tracey had been booked to fly from Geneva to Bristol with her two sons to attend the funeral of her father David Dane.

Their flight was one of approximately 200 the airline canceled short term May 26th.

“My problem is not that the flight was canceled,” she said. “It was the fact that there was no one to handle the situation, it meant I had to attend my father’s funeral from a hotel room.”

Around 8,000 flights are expected to take off from UK airports over the weekend.

Meanwhile, motoring organization RAC warned of congestion on the roads and said drivers were planning around 17.8 million leisure trips between Friday and Sunday. Saturday should be the busiest day.

Earlier, Liverpool fans traveling to Paris for the Champions League final in Paris complained of “chaos” as they were stuck in hours-long queues at Dover.

There were also long waits at Manchester, Stansted and Bristol airports.

Passengers have faced delays and cancellations at airports in recent months following the easing of Covid restrictions on international travel.

The travel industry has cut thousands of jobs during the pandemic, but with the return of demand for flights, it has struggled to recruit staff, conduct security checks and train new workers quickly.