Airport chaos – live: queues and cancellations continue

Tuesday brought more flight cancellations and chaotic scenes at UK airports as staff shortages continue to impact travelers’ plans.

Huge queues were observed at Manchester and Birmingham airports this morning, with photos taken at the first showing passengers winding their way in lines arriving outside the terminal building.

An airport recruiting expert said staffing problems could affect aviation for the next year.

Kully Sandhu, the chief executive officer of Aviation Recruitment Network Limited, told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that he currently had more than 300 live job vacancies on his site.

“My personal opinion, it will take at least the next 12 months for the vacant sector to stabilize,” he said.

Meanwhile, easyJet and British Airways continue to cancel flights, having cut more than 80 scheduled services between them today.

Their main bases, London Heathrow and London Gatwick, are the hardest hit.

Both airlines blamed a staff shortage due to Covid-related absences.

Follow the latest updates below.


The man arrives 13 hours early for his flight after panicking over the queues at the airport

A man arrived at Manchester airport 13 hours early for his flight after panicking that he could be missed due to the long security lines seen during the Easter holidays.

Tim Samunyai, 56, of Coventry, arrived at the airport at 5:40 am on Sunday 10 April for his flight to Zimbabwe, despite the scheduled departure time of 6:55 pm.

The father of two admitted that “13 hours is a little too long, fair enough, but I’d rather be early”.

Elena CoffeyApril 12, 2022 5:50 pm


Government accused of being “missing in action” while “the British are facing the chaos of travel”

Labor shadow secretary of transport Louise Haigh accused the government of being “missing in action” while “the British are facing the chaos of travel.”

He said: “They have been warned of the staff shortage, yet the Tories have completely failed to take action to address the security backlog that hinders recruiting.

“They need to take a hold, do their job and take action to alleviate the disruption by prioritizing huge backlogs in security checks so that airport staff can start working safely.”


The “Orient Express” experience ends with a bus from Calais to Lille and a Eurostar train

For many travelers paying £ 3,785 for an overnight train journey from Venice to London, the last stop is a grand finale.

They arrive in Calais aboard the Venice-Simplon-Orient Express. Ancient carriages, up to 100 years old, cannot cross the Channel Tunnel for safety reasons. Passengers are instead taken by bus on a shuttle through the tunnel to Folkestone, where they board another luxury train, the Belmond British Pullman, for the journey to London.

But between April and June, travelers who book Belmond’s luxury trip will have a very different experience.

The train will arrive in Calais Ville as normal, with passengers transferring onto a bus. But instead of traveling on the Eurotunnel for the 35-minute journey to Folkestone, they’ll spend 90 minutes driving directly from the UK on the A16 and A25 motorways to Lille, near the Belgian border.

Here travelers will enter the drafty concrete station that houses the Eurostar platforms, pass a security check, and wait for a train from Brussels to London.

Simone CalderApril 12, 2022 4:32 pm


Airport chaos could remain for another year amid staff shortages, experts warn

The chaos seen at UK airports in recent weeks could last for another year, experts warn.

The recruitment and training of airport staff takes time, particularly for posts in the border forces, which are recruited separately by the Ministry of the Interior.

An airport recruiter warned that staffing problems currently causing chaos could take a year to resolve.

Kully Sandhu, chief executive officer of Aviation Recruitment Network Limited, which recruits for Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester airports, told BBC Radio 4 Today’s program: “My personal opinion, it will take at least the next 12 months for the vacant sector to stabilize.”

Elena CoffeyApril 12, 2022 4:13 pm


Lessons must be learned from the chaos of Easter journeys, says Which?

Looking back to summer, there’s no excuse to repeat this Easter’s travel chaos, according to Which ?.

Consumer Champion Travel Editor, Rory Boland, said, “Lessons should be learned from the chaos of travel this Easter. With many in the industry anticipating a busy summer, the government must work with airlines and airports to ensure they have the resources and capacity to handle the rise in passenger numbers, as there can be no excuse to repeat these. bankruptcies.

“Airlines would not ignore the law and the rights of their passengers if the aviation regulator had teeth. The Department of Transportation can support consumers by giving the Civil Aviation Authority direct sanctioning powers. It should also abandon its plans to change the compensation rules for UK flights, which are an important deterrent against unfair treatment of passengers.

Elena CoffeyApril 12, 2022 3:33 pm


The 101-year-old known as “Hurricane Hazel” signs up to manage the Toronto airport

An energetic 101-year-old former mayor has just signed on to run Canada’s largest airport for three more years.

Hazel McCallion – known as “Hurricane Hazel” – retired 93 from her tenure as mayor of the Canadian city of Missisauga after 36 years in office.

She has now renewed her contract as director of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA), as well as remaining as a special advisor to the University of Toronto Missisauga.

The GTAA operates Toronto’s Pearson Airport, Canada’s largest aviation hub that typically sees around 50 million passengers annually.

Lucy ThackrayApril 12, 2022 2:50 pm


Nearly three-quarters of Brits go on vacation to the same place every year, a study suggests

Just under three-quarters of UK holidays to the same place year after year, new research suggests.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s survey of 2,000 British holidaymakers showed that 73% returned multiple times to the same hotel overseas, with an average of four return visits.

More than a quarter said they liked seeing familiar faces on vacation, while 30% said they liked not having to plan much in advance.

About 58% of respondents said they had not been abroad since the start of the pandemic.

Lucy ThackrayApril 12, 2022 2:28 pm


EasyJet’s CEO says flight cancellations have been exacerbated by DfT’s delays

Delays in processing security checks for the airline’s new crew are increasing the number of canceled flights, according to the easyJet chief.

Chief Executive Johan Lundgren said the airline is waiting for the Department of Transportation (DfT) to give permission for around 100 new staff members to start work.

EasyJet has canceled hundreds of flights in the past few days, mostly on routes serving Gatwick Airport in West Sussex.

Lundgren explained that this is mainly due to the high levels of staff absences related to the coronavirus, but he also blamed the time taken by the government to check on new recruits.

He said: “There is this delay in the authorization of the DfT for people to obtain their identity documents.

“There is a backlog and we are currently waiting for around 100 cabin crew members to obtain their IDs.

“There is a three week delay on this. This had an impact. If it had been in time, we would have seen fewer cancellations. “

This shows that the rise in coronavirus infections “has had a substantial impact on the whole of the UK,” Lundgren said.

He continued: “I understand that the DfT and the ministers are doing everything possible to accelerate and accelerate this – which we find very constructive – but it has certainly had an impact.”


Traveling in 2022: what does the rest of the year have in store?

Restrictions may have been eased, but tourists faced travel chaos over the Easter holiday with canceled flights and long lines at the airport due to Covid staff shortages. Looking forward to potential UK travel beyond Easter, The independentLocal resident experts will be on hand to help paint a picture of what the holidays could be like for the rest of the year and beyond.

Will the travel chaos continue? Will the fuel crisis drive prices up? How will Covid continue to influence how and where we go on vacation?

Join travel correspondent Simon Calder and travel editor Helen Coffey as they do their best to answer your burning questions and discuss how to get the most out of your 2022 vacation.

Both experts will be on hand to help The independentZoom’s free virtual event to be held on Wednesday 20 April at 6:30 pm:


EasyJet is battling with disease levels of 20%, says the CEO

Britain’s largest low-cost airline is seeing “an absence of Covid-led crew by up to 20%,” says its chief executive.

Johan Lundgren, easyJet’s chief executive, said that as a result it currently has to cancel 5% of its flights every day.

In a phone call to the media, Mr. Lundgren said passengers were usually notified well in advance and could rebook on the same day.

She said The independent that easyJet undertakes to comply with its obligations under the air passenger rights regulations.

When a flight is canceled, travelers have the right to be transported to their destination on the same day if possible, even if that means buying an expensive seat on a rival carrier.

In addition, if the cancellation is made less than two weeks in advance, the airline must pay hundreds of pounds in compensation.

EasyJet’s chief executive said around 100 new employees are still awaiting security clearance.

Simone CalderApril 12, 2022 12:29 pm

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