EasyJet and British Airways flight cancellations: latest travel updates

Friday has brought more flight cancellations from Britain’s two biggest airlines, with easyJet and British Airways scrapping more than 100 scheduled services between them on Friday.

British Airways’ number of cancellations today fell from 74 to 68, while easyJet’s dropped from 52 to 42.

Both airlines have blamed staffing shortages due to Covid-related absences.

Meanwhile, UK airports also continue to struggle under the weight of rising passenger numbers, also citing staffing issues as demand rises.

Manchester and Leeds airports have told travelers to arrive three hours before their scheduled departure time to ensure they don’t get stuck in long security lines and miss their flight.

Manchester Airports Group chief executive Charlie Cornish apologized to passengers for the “queues and congestion you have experienced in recent weeks”.

“I apologize to anyone affected by the outage,” writes Mr. Cornish in an online letter.

“We are committed to making customers leave on their travels, especially as we know many have waited so long to travel internationally again.”

Follow the latest updates below.


More than 100 flights canceled

BA and easyJet continue to cancel scheduled flights as a result of staff shortages.

Between them, 110 flights have been canceled today; 68 from BA and 42 from easyJet.

See all of Friday’s flight cancellations here:

Helen Coffey8 April 2022 08:55


Show up three hours before your flight, says Manchester airport boss

Manchester Airports Group chief executive Charlie Cornish apologized to passengers for the “queues and congestion you have experienced in recent weeks”.

Manchester, the UK’s third-busiest airport after Heathrow and Gatwick, has seen extremely long waits for security in recent months, with some passengers missing flights and others delayed departures as they waited for people stuck in congestion.

“I apologize to anyone affected by the outage,” writes Mr. Cornish in an online letter.

“For now, we recommend that passengers arrive at the airport three hours before their flight departs, to have enough time to check in, go through security and get to the gate.”

Simon Calder8 April 2022 08:33


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Helen Coffey8 April 2022 08:25


Holidaying abroad is 40% cheaper than a break in the UK, says exchange company

Getting on a plane for a holiday is 40 per cent cheaper on average than a “holiday at home” in the UK, according to a currency exchange firm.

FairFX compared the costs of holidays in popular European destinations, including France, Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal, with the costs of a stay in the UK, and found that all European holiday destinations examined were considerably cheaper than a travel within the UK.

European getaways offered significantly better value for money, with an entire five-day overseas holiday for less than £1,000. The average cost of a holiday abroad (£814) was revealed to be 40 per cent less than a stay in the UK (£1,143).

France proved to be the most affordable, with accommodation, flights and the average cost to visit an attraction on TripAdvisor being just £652 per person, 70 per cent less than the cheapest UK destination researched (Scotland).

All destinations investigated were based on a holiday that occurred during the UK Easter holidays, between April 14 and 18, 2022.

lucy thackray7 April 2022 15:53


Air France plane ‘went crazy’ before aborted landing, cockpit audio reveals

Aviation safety investigators opened an investigation into an Air France flight after it aborted landing on Tuesday, with cockpit audio revealing pilots saying the plane was “going crazy.”

The pilots appeared to be having difficulty controlling the Boeing 777 on its descent into Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, with cockpit footage capturing a tense exchange between the crew and air traffic control.

Officers are heard saying “Wait! stop stop!” and then “I’ll call you back! I’ll call you later!” while emergency alarms sound in the background.

A pilot adds: “The plane is practically going crazy.”

Read the full story here:

lucy thackray7 April 2022 15:34


easyJet cancels almost 50 flights for Friday, so far

Britain’s largest low-cost airline continues to struggle to secure resources for its flights. At Gatwick, easyJet has canceled 28 flights on Friday. While most are destinations with multiple daily flights like Jersey, Berlin and Milan, the ground flights include hard-to-reach destinations like Agadir in Morocco.

Ten links to and from Luton were canceled on Friday, including two round trips to Amsterdam and flights to Belfast international, Milan Malpensa and Bodrum.

From Bristol, connections to Krakow and Dubrovnik are suspended, while from Manchester flights to Hamburg and Berlin are also cancelled.

Like British Airways, which is canceling a similar number of flights, easyJets blames staff shortages due to covid-19.

However, other short-haul airlines, such as Ryanair, Wizz Air and Jet2, do not seem to have similar problems.

Regardless of the cause and the amount of notice given, the standard rule when a flight is canceled is that you are entitled to travel on the original day of departure.

If the canceling airline can’t get you there on its own planes and a seat is available on another airline’s flight, you must pay for your trip on the rival airline.

Simon Calder7 April 2022 15:11


Manchester Airport asks customers to ‘do their part’ to avoid queues

Manchester Airport has posted another Twitter thread urging customers to “do their part” to help avoid queues, following days of customer complaints about long waits at its terminals.

“As we continue to recover from the pandemic and passenger numbers grow, security lines may be longer than usual at times. We apologize to customers who have been affected by the recent outage,” the statement said.

They continue to “ask all customers to do their part” by remembering to separate liquids from hand luggage and ensure they are under 100ml and remove electrical items to place on a tray (both standard safety rules), as well as limiting your luggage and using the fewest security trays possible.

They also seem to discourage arriving before your allotted check-in time, saying “passengers who show up too early may have to wait before check-in opens.”

lucy thackray7 April 2022 14:19


‘Abandoned’ US cabin crew forced to sleep on airport floor

Airlines “abandoned” the crew when a recent wave of severe weather caused the cancellation of hundreds of services across the country, according to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA).

Representing 28,000 US flight attendants, the organization said that in recent days “crew members were forced to sleep on the airport floor because they couldn’t get to the hotel/limousine counter.”

Airlines canceled more than 3,500 US flights last weekend, citing weather in Florida and other problems.

Helen Coffey7 April 2022 13:42


How to plan for interrupted baggage

As the Easter travel chaos continues due to mounting flight cancellations and staffing shortages at UK airports, many travelers find themselves without their luggage. Hundreds of passengers across the country end up separated from their luggage for hours or even days as baggage claim areas pile up.

Paul Stewart, managing director of MyBaggage, advises travelers to “stay calm” if they get separated from their luggage.

“There are many options that can make a big difference when it comes to dealing with lost luggage, and the most important one is to report the problem to the airline immediately, as you are more likely to get compensation,” he says.

“Call the airline directly about your missing luggage and leave them your contact information so they can give you updates. Most airlines will deliver your luggage to your home, so be sure to request it. However, if you are not satisfied with the airlines’ response, you can continue with your claim and complain to the Civil Aviation Authority.

“In some cases, if your travel or home insurance covers luggage, you’ll be better off filing a claim through your insurance, as you’ll likely get more profit from the claim.”

He also advised those flying this week to “pack light” and “travel only with hand luggage or use courier services to avoid this travel hassle as you won’t have to worry about checking luggage at the airport.”

Mr Stewart added: “Keep your valuables with you, such as jewelry and electronics, to prevent them from being lost. However, if you are carrying checked baggage, make sure it is instantly recognizable to prevent other passengers from carrying your baggage.”

Helen Coffey7 April 2022 13:31


British Airways cancels at least 40 flights to and from Heathrow on Friday

At the end of a week in which it has canceled hundreds of domestic and European flights, British Airways has already grounded at least 40 flights to and from Heathrow on Friday.

the independent understands that these cancellations were normally made with two weeks’ notice to passengers, who were offered refunds or transfers to other flights.

Milan Malpensa is once again the main “victim”, with a morning, afternoon and evening departure cancelled.

To and from Toulouse, in southwestern France, two of the four daily services are grounded.

The only route so far where there are no other BA services is to Krakow at 7:40am. Passengers have the right to be transferred to other airlines that do have flights on Friday.

Domestic cancellations so far comprise individual flights between Heathrow and Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle.

Simon Calder7 April 2022 12:52

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