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EasyJet cancels over 200 mid-term flights, wreaking havoc on family travel plans

The airline has announced that around 24 flights a day will be canceled from London’s Gatwick Airport between May 28 and June 6 “to provide reliable services at this busy time”.

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EasyJet has announced it will be canceling more than 200 flights next week, wrecking many families’ mid-term holiday travel plans.

On Friday night, the airline said about 24 flights a day would be canceled from London’s Gatwick Airport between May 28 and June 6 to “provide reliable services at this busy time”.

The new cancellation announcement comes after a software glitch forced the airline to cancel another 200 flights on Thursday.

EasyJet said the recent cancellations were unrelated to Thursday’s IT issue, which has since been resolved.

It said a number of issues were impacting operations and contributing to the fresh mid-term cancellations, including air traffic control restrictions, runway work and airport handling delays.







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In a statement, the airline said: “We deeply apologize for the delay in notifying some of these cancellations and the inconvenience caused to customers who booked these flights, but we believe this is necessary to provide reliable services at this busy time.

“Customers will be informed from today and will have the option to rebook their flight or receive a refund and can request compensation in accordance with regulations.”

Vacationers were left stranded on Thursday, unaware of the disruptions to their trip.

EasyJet first announced the affected flights would depart between 1pm and 3pm UK time on Thursday, but later said the disruption could last longer.

In an updated statement, the airline said: “easyJet can confirm that the previous issues with the IT systems have now been resolved.

“Unfortunately, they resulted in some cancellations earlier today and while we expect to operate most of our remaining flight program, some could still be subject to some disruption in the coming hours.”







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Devan Lonsdale, 24, from Durham, was due to travel from Manchester Airport with eight friends for a holiday that had already been canceled due to Covid.

“We left Newcastle at 6am and arrived at the airport at 10am as our flight was at 1:20pm,” he told PA.

“We were called to the gate at 12.35pm and the gate was supposed to close at 12.50pm but by 1pm it had not moved.

“People started leaving one by one to be told the flight was canceled and there was no replacement, so we were stuck in Manchester.

“We had to pay for hotel etc in Manchester and will now be returning home tomorrow – (we) have been looking for alternative flights to Prague and other places at a reasonable price so we can use our days off from work but have used nothing but flights via Found £500 with multiple stops.

“Only time will tell what easyJet will say and how much money we will get, but we will undoubtedly lose money and a four-day holiday overall.”

One woman claimed prospective passengers were told their flight was canceled just 10 minutes before boarding the plane.

Others were stuck at some of the UK’s busiest airports, including Gatwick and Stansted.

Seven arrivals and seven departures were canceled at both Edinburgh and Luton, while nine flights from Manchester were affected.

easyJet’s statement added: “We advise customers traveling with us to continue to check the flight tracker for the status of their flight before making their way to the airport.

“We apologize for the inconvenience caused and customers can request compensation according to the regulations.”

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