Easter flight cancellations are up 428% from pre-pandemic levels as Covid staffing shortages wreak havoc on airports and airlines for 2022
Airlines such as easyJet and British Airways have also been hit by staff sickness, prompting a spate of cancellations during one of the main holiday periods.
In fact, new data from aeronautical analytics firm Cirium has revealed that between March 28 and April 12, over 1,236 flights in the UK were canceled by airlines – a 428% increase compared to the same period in 2019.
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Staff shortages due to Covid, the lifting of travel restrictions and a huge increase in demand are some of the reasons why airports struggle with this this Easter.
At Manchester Airport, some holidaymakers have reported facing four-hour queues at the height of the disruption.
Passengers are therefore requested arrive at the airport at the earliest possible time to allow for delays, while unions have warned the disruption could last for months.
TUI passengers are even asked to do so Baggage check-in the evening before the flight if they are due to fly in the morning, as the airline strives to minimize customer travel disruption.
Brits don’t just have to consider airport delays.
The UK Home Office has issued a warning to UK travellers now check their passports before the summer holidaysas the processing of passport applications can currently take up to 10 weeks.
This follows a post-pandemic backlog; It is estimated that over five million people have had their passport applications delayed in 2020 and 2021.
Still, it’s not all doom and gloom for sun-seeking Brits.
In recent months, a large number of countries have has scrapped the Covid travel rules entirely including Mexico and Iceland, and many vacation hotspots are easing their restrictions.
Greece, for example, has announced this it ends the Covid rules in time for summerincluding ending mandatory face masks and people no longer needing Covid vaccination passes to enter venues such as restaurants and bars.
Meanwhile, Cyprus Relaxed travel rules for Brits including removing pre-travel “flight pass” and removing Covid tests on arrival for unvaccinated travellers.
There’s plenty too holiday offers on offer what companies look like. to lure travelers back to popular destinations like France, Spain, Portugal and Malta.
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