Chaos at the airport: Easter holidays interrupted by flight cancellations in the UK; Dublin Airport says it’s making progress


British Airways and easyJet canceled more than 100 scheduled flights today.

K airports are also struggling, with Manchester and Leeds airports now instructing travelers to arrive three hours before their flight.

Passengers faced chaotic scenes, with queues sometimes forming outside Manchester terminals, and the UK Civil Aviation Authority warned of “the potential to affect confidence levels across the industry”.

Staff shortages and Covid-related absences have been blamed, as has pent-up demand – passengers at Dublin Airport this morning were again Report long queues.

Etihad Airways Group Chief Executive Tony Douglas said latent demand for travel had gone up “almost like a fire hydrant” as travel restrictions eased.

His comments were reported by Reuters from a conference held by the CAPA Center for Aviation in Manchester.

Extended delays have also been reported from Sydney Airport in Australia due to increased demand, staff shortages and the absence of Covid.

Meanwhile, Dublin Airport this week shared updates on measures it says it is taking to reduce wait times and deal with a security staff shortage, alongside an ongoing recruitment and training campaign.

These include deploying a task force of 600 office staff to support operations, temporarily relocating a number of security staff from Cork to Dublin, hiring third-party security trainers and offering more overtime.

“Bringing some recruits into operations has been delayed by the requirement for increased background checks for aviation workers, which went into effect on January 1 this year,” an update said this week.

“Fortunately, however, this congestion is now easing.”

In the 10 days from March 27, she added: “None of the approximately 300,000 passengers who have departed Dublin Airport have missed a flight due to security queues”.

Terminal 1 security channels are now open 24 hours a day, while security in T2 opens from 4am.

However, with Dublin Airport set to become busier in the coming weeks, passengers are being reminded to arrive at the airport at least three and a half hours before their flight departure time.

Passengers parking a car should add an additional 30 minutes. Chaos at the airport: Easter holidays interrupted by flight cancellations in the UK; Dublin Airport says it’s making progress

Fry Electronics Team

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