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Easter airport chaos sees hundreds of flights canceled

TRAVELERS suffering from the chaos at Easter Airport as flights are cut due to staff shortages have been warned the summer could get worse.

Dozens of flights have been canceled lately as airlines struggle to cope when employees call in sick due to Covid.

Travelers who saw their Easter flights canceled due to staff shortages were warned the summer could get worse

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Travelers who saw their Easter flights canceled due to staff shortages were warned the summer could get worsePhoto Credit: Rick Findler/Story Picture Agency
More flights will be canceled this weekend as a million sun-seekers depart for the biggest Easter outing since the pandemic

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More flights will be canceled this weekend as a million sun-seekers depart for the biggest Easter outing since the pandemicPhoto credit: Rex

And experts have warned that so many employees have been laid off during the pandemic that airports and airlines are struggling to train new staff in time for the big summer holiday.

It comes as airlines are reporting more bookings for the summer season than before the pandemic – as lockdown-weary travelers finally spread their wings.

Firms are also suffering from a “crippling delay” in government identity checks on new employees.

EasyJet boss John Lundgren said there would have been fewer recent cancellations if the system had been sorted out sooner.

He said: “There’s this delay in clearance by the Department of Transportation for people to get IDs.”

But ministers have vowed not to cut corners and accused airlines of laying off too many staff amid the pandemic.

More flights will be canceled this weekend as a million sun-seekers depart for the biggest Easter outing since the pandemic.

Union leaders last night warned airports are facing a “very difficult summer”.

Lucy Moretonfrom the Immigration Services Union, said the Border Force was “disastrously understaffed” and it would take up to a year to train new officers.

She said, “Border Force is not attracting enough candidates to fill the vacancies.”

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