British Airways canceled 78 flights at Heathrow Airport on Wednesday after days of serious delays at Birmingham and Manchester airports, partly due to Covid
British Airways has canceled 78 scheduled flights to or from Heathrow Airport as chaos on Britain’s runways continues for a day.
Long queues are likely to be a feature at London Airport on Wednesday as coronavirus-related staff shortages continue to hit the airline industry.
The total includes flights canceled due to the airline’s decision last month to shorten its flight schedule until the end of May to increase reliability, as well as routes suspended for several months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The week has been a hot week for those making their way through some of the UK airports.
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Manchester Airport has been hit hard by staff shortages, resulting in long lines at security and many people missing their flights.
Chaotic scenes also took place at Birmingham Airport, which was severely affected by flight cancellations.
British Airways canceled six flights on Tuesday after canceling 62 nationwide on Monday.
EasyJet grounded about 60 flights to and from the UK on Tuesday after canceling 62 on Monday.
Heathrow has advised people to arrive three hours before their flights are scheduled to depart and to check for cancellations before heading to the airport.
Manchester Airport has experienced its worst delays over the past month, with some passengers being forced to wait outside in the car park due to the lengthy delays.
Karen Smart, chief executive of Manchester Airports Group, stepped down yesterday after two years at the helm.
A spokesman for MAG, which also operates London Stansted and East Midlands airports, said she has decided to return to the south of England, where her family lives, to pursue “new career opportunities”.
The airport appears to be struggling with a rush of passengers following the end of coronavirus restrictions.
Two million people went through it in February this year, compared to just 70,000 in the same month in 2021.
Tensions boiled over in Manchester, where some passengers were reportedly seen jumping over barriers and jostling for space.
Steve Blears called the scenes “chaos” and estimated he was waiting in a line of around 1,000 outside the airport just before 5am on Tuesday.
Once inside, he said there’s “confusion with people not knowing where to check in and where to queue.”
Robert Whittaker said he waited in Terminal 1 for over two hours, describing it as “peak chaos”.
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breaking-british-airways-cancel-dozens-26644989 British Airways cancels dozens of Heathrow flights as UK airport chaos continues