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Airline tickets could rise 10% this summer amid travel chaos during the holiday months

Travelers have already endured months of chaotic scenes at airports, with long queues and flights being canceled due to staff shortages. Now they could also see that the plane tickets are going up

Travelers face long queues at airports
Travelers face long queues at airports

Passengers face 10% fare increases this summer despite the ongoing threat of travel chaos.

The boss of low-cost airline Wizz Air said today that average ticket prices are likely to rise by almost 10% in the peak travel months.

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary warned last month that flight prices will be higher this summer due to rising demand.

This means families are paying more for international flights while also risking being hit by delays and cancellations.

Travelers have already endured months of chaotic scenes at airports, with long queues and flights being canceled due to staff shortages.

Martyn James of complaint-resolution service Resolver speculated that airlines could hike prices to meet an expected surge in compensation claims for canceled flights in the pipeline.







Michael O’Leary said fares will be higher this summer due to increased demand
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“People will be outraged that they’re paying more,” he said. “Airlines have told us they are facing unprecedented demand, but they have overbooked flights and are understaffed.”

EasyJet canceled 70 flights today, partly due to an air traffic control strike in Italy. A video has emerged showing luggage falling off an overloaded conveyor belt at Manchester Airport, leaving the luggage strewn about the floor.

And passengers at Bristol Airport continued to suffer from long queues after a week of security delays and horrific waits for luggage to be loaded.

Peter Dacambe, 39, and his wife and children, aged six and three, arrived home from Menorca two days late. They were due to fly to Bristol on Sunday but easyJet canceled the flight while they were at the airport. “It was a mess,” hospital adviser Dacombe said. “Nobody knew what was going on.”







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They finally managed to book a return flight to Gatwick on Tuesday.

The prospect of higher fares comes from the threat of strikes at airports, which could cause disruption. Unions are demanding better pay for staff, many of whom have lost money while furloughed during the pandemic.

Industry bosses say they are facing a shortage of workers, from cabin crew to baggage handlers. But base pay for many airport workers remains low. Current vacancies include aircraft cleaners at £10 an hour and airport security officers at £10.85 an hour.







Queues at TUI check-in desks for flights departing Bristol Airport
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Hungarian airline Wizz, which operates routes from the UK, is among airlines that have caused a chaos of cancellations among passengers in recent weeks.

Still, CEO Jozsef Varadi said today he expects growth in the “high single digits” for the second quarter, which runs from July to September.

Ministers have been urged to introduce tougher penalties for airlines that overbook routes. MEPs want the Civil Aviation Authority to have more power.

Tory Karl McCartney said “tougher action” was needed, adding: “Given the high executive salaries and profit levels, big fines could work on the ground.”

Lib Dem spokeswoman Sarah Olney said: “We must act urgently to address this cowboy behavior.”

The Balpa pilots’ union warned that some airlines are “sailing with the wind” when it comes to having enough pilots to meet demand this summer.

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