2022 – Holidaymakers face queues, cancellations and delays | aircraft industry

Vacationers face flight cancellations and the potential for delays on the road as half-term begins and the UK prepares for a long weekend for banks.

The June half-year traditionally heralds the start of the summer tourism season, and this year sees a pickup in consumer demand for breaks following the relaxation of UK travel restrictions.

At the start of the busiest travel season since the pandemic, travelers were stuck in hour-long queues at several airports over the weekend, and a number of flights were canceled by airlines including EasyJet and TUI.

New problems have emerged at Manchester Airport, where earlier in the spring many passengers missed their flights after waiting for hours due to security due to a shortage of staff.

He warned the airport, which along with much of the airline industry has been struggling to hire staff after layoffs during the pandemic. Official Twitter page That there were delays in check-in and baggage claim.

The airport tweeted that it was “aware of the challenges faced by a number of airlines and dealing agents” and apologized for the situation and urged travelers to contact their airlines.

Matthew Ashton, vice president of design for toymaker Lego, was among the passengers who reported problems at Manchester Airport on Sunday. He tweeted that this Ryanair flight “sat on the runway again for about an hour” and was unable to take off because baggage from the previous flight had not yet been unloaded.

Dublin Airport also warned passengers on Sunday that they might miss their flights due to “large queues” in the check-in hall, baggage drop off and security. About 50,000 passengers must leave the airport during the day.

Travelers who were expecting to travel with travel company Tui over the weekend also complained of delays in the cancellation of many flights scheduled to depart from UK airports.

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The travel company said it canceled a “small number” of flights at airports including Gatwick, Birmingham and Bristol between Friday and Sunday, blaming “operational and supply chain issues”.

TUI’s cancellation came after easyJet canceled more than 200 flights scheduled to depart from London Gatwick within 10 days from May 28 to June 6, disrupting travel plans for tens of thousands of holidaymakers.

An easyJet spokesperson apologized for the “inconvenience” caused to passengers, but said the move was “necessary to provide reliable services at this busy time”.

The wave of last-minute flight cancellations, according to Rory Boland, editor of Which Ones? Travel who added that this is “not an isolated case”.

Poland said the consumer group “has heard from passengers complaining that the airline is ignoring their consumer rights and not communicating effectively with those stranded abroad and not knowing when they can return home.”

The? It demands that the Aviation Authority, and the Civil Aviation Authority, be given the power to impose direct fines on airlines that violate consumer rights.

On the roads, motorists have been warned to expect delays and disruption, as it is estimated that another 5 million people will use their vehicles for trips over the long weekend.

According to research from RAC Breakdown, drivers plan 19.5 million recreational trips during the extended break as people visit family and friends or go out for the day.

“The fact that in many places public holidays coincide with the end of the mid-term break is likely to put additional strain on the road network, which is the worst of the queues,” said RAC traffic spokesman Rod Dennis.

However, some travel disruptions are expected to continue after the holiday celebrations. A rail union leader said he saw no “strike way out” that could hit rail since mid-June, before members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union went on strike for jobs and wages.

Mick Lynch, general secretary of the RMT, told Sky News’ Sophie Ridge on Sunday that strikes are “highly likely” unless the government asks businesses to “change its line”.

The prospect of a rail strike fears the closure of large parts of the rail network, which could affect the supply of gasoline and diesel and the delivery of goods to shops.