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Brits should arrive at airports a DAY EARLIER to drop off their luggage amid Easter travel chaos, airport chiefs say

HOLIDAYMAKERS are advised to arrive at the airports a day earlier to drop off their luggage to avoid queues.

Staff shortages have led to this chaos at airports amid rising demand for Easter outings with airlines Cancel hundreds of flights.

Staff shortages caused chaos at the airport over Easter

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Staff shortages caused chaos at the airport over EasterPhoto credit: Rex
Travel companies advise holidaymakers to leave particularly early

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Travel companies advise holidaymakers to leave particularly earlyPhoto credit: Rex

StansteadBritain’s fourth-busiest airport said travelers should arrive as soon as check-in opens, between three and two hours before departure.

As some airlines open baggage check-in the night before departure, passengers should check-in their bags a day earlier if possible to avoid queuing for early morning flights.

A spokesman said: “Passengers should check with their airlines as some open bags are checked in the day before early morning flights.”

Together, British Airways and EasyJet have canceled a further 80 flights that were due to depart on Thursday.

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According to data company Cirium, a total of 1,236 flights in the UK were canceled by airlines between March 28 and April 12 – a 428 per cent increase over the same period in 2019.

Holidaymakers are also being warned that journeys will take longer on what is expected to be the busiest weekend for the roads.

The AA said drivers should make sure they have groceries with them as they could get stuck in their cars in warm weather.

Temperatures in excess of 20 degrees Celsius are expected in parts of southern England.

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“A Mess Out There”

The AA has advised motorists to do so avoid travel on Good Friday, if possible, and says motorists are better off leaving early on Saturday morning if they haven’t already.

Howard Cox, who runs the FairFuelUK campaign, agreed.

He told that Daily Telegraph: “It’s a mess out there. Refueling is a bit of a lottery, especially if you have a diesel car.

“Around 1 in 10 petrol pumps are empty in East Anglia after Wales. There’s no need to panic buy or go crazy, but you may find that some islets in the atria are empty.

“I would say give yourself plenty of time for the return and call the garages beforehand to see if they are running out of fuel. I would leave half a day earlier.”

Getlink Group’s John Keefe says Eurotunnel travel numbers are back to what they were pre-Covid.

He said: “We’re seeing the highest number of consecutive weekends in three years.

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“Easter 2019 was the last time we saw this level of traffic.”

The South East Coast Ambulance Service expects a surge of more than 10,000 calls over Easter weekend and says people should use NHS 111 if they can.

The AA has advised motorists to avoid traveling on Good Friday if possible

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The AA has advised motorists to avoid traveling on Good Friday if possiblePhoto credit: Rex

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