5th April 2022
Airlines operating from the UK are continuing to experience problems as the Easter ski break gets underway and the winter season draws to a close. NEW
EasyJet cancelled a further 60 flights on Tuesday with British Airways also experiencing problems.
EasyJet blamed staff absences due to covid and said there are double the normal amount of people off sick.
Airports are also facing problems with not enough staff to deal with the surge in bookings as covid travel restrictions have been eased.
EasyJet has said it is likely that it will have to cancel more flights in the next few days.
The airline says the advanced cancellations are made in order “to give customers notice.”
“We are contacting customers directly and providing them with their options,” the airline said in a statement.
“We expect to make similar levels of pre-emptive cancellations over the coming days, due to the ongoing high level of sickness.”
Lesley Offley from Surrey was due to fly to Austria with her family to celebrate her husband’s 60th birthday.
The 62-year old woman told the BBC that “We’ve spent all morning unravelling all our travel plans for my husband’s 60th birthday – first time we’ve attempted to travel since 2019 – and I’m completely fed up.
“It’s been phone calls and emails all day, accommodation is lot more money so we’ve lost out there and we’re still trying sort out the travel insurance.
“We’ve re-booked for next week but I don’t feel confident at all.”
People heading to the Alps to ski have been advised to contact their airline to check the current situation.